This is the time of year when many people take a moment to reflect, a moment of grace and gratitude. I am grateful that I live in America. I think that is forefront on my mind now, with the horrific events that plague our world.
I live in Colorado Springs – a very military town – and I am even more aware of the brave men and women who protect our borders. They serve us, not only in the United States, but also leave home and risk their lives for those who live in countries in crisis.
I am grateful that my niece and nephew-in-law were safe from the terror in Paris. They had just returned from their honeymoon in France. I pray the people of France remain vigilant and strong as they mourn the loss of so many innocent lives.
I give thanks for my family. From my 94 year old Mother, who is in overall wonderful health, to my newborn great-grand daughter, only 1 day old. I am blessed with an incredible family of caring, loving, supporting and giving family of sisters, sons, grand-children, nieces and nephews and the devoted extended family each of them has brought into our family unit – into our circle of love. We feel the loss of our Dad – the patriarch and the one by whom all of us continue to ask the question: What would Dad (or Grandpa) do? We miss our beloved little sister, Lori. We gave her back to the Lord much too soon for our liking. She inspired us with her talents and love of life and I know we all talk with her often through our prayers. And Dan, my dearly loved brother-in-law, who was the big brother I never had.
My best friend and roommate of over 25 years is my daily inspiration and motivation. She is my business partner; she keeps me on track and pretty much out of trouble! She is my shoulder to cry on and my fun-buddy.
I am blessed with good health, a safe home and a supportive community. I have a good education and am retired from a corporate job that taught me so much. I have friends to support me in my life and dreams.
A time of gratitude. A time of thankfulness. A time of quiet reflection and appreciation for blessings. And a time for one request – peace in your heart and in our world.