In honor of Pam and the ladies for Thankful Thursday...
But, I'm honoring folks even more special: those individuals serving in our military.
There's been a gnat in my ear buzzing constantly for over a week now, reminding my brain of the series DaHubby and I watched called Carrier on PBS. We were mesmerized by all 10 hours of footage about life on the USS Nimitz. So many stories. So many broken lives. So many lives living to God's glory. So much bravery. So much complaining. So much discipline. So little laziness. So much danger. So much comradery. We just couldn't pull our eyes away.
Unfortunately, with the exception of an old high school friend who served in Desert Storm while I was in college, this show is about the most contact I've ever had with the US Armed Forces. And, I am seriously impressed.
How much of what we believe in are we seriously willing to die for? Honestly? Many of the people currently serving have to consider it daily.
Not to mention the generations before - thousands and thousands and thousands - in this grand tradition who have laid down their everyday lives and walked away from the family and country they love to go overseas and defend MY liberty to drive where I please, eat where I please, speak as I please, send my kids to school where I please, and worship as I please.
I'm in awe.
So, to the two young men in fatigues who Flicka and I saw at the YMCA today, whose presence there brought all this flooding back, and to anyone else who is either actively serving or carrying on at home while your loved one serves elsewhere:
THANK YOU! We truly don't know what our lives would be like without your sacrifices.