In light of recent events in our nation and the turmoil that continues to brew it can be pretty difficult for us to count our blessings. Even naming them one by one can seem like a daunting task.

So what in the world do we have to be thankful for this holiday season?

Well, lots actually.

Setting aside our differences for just a brief moment here are ten things I believe we can all be truly thankful for.

10. No more campaign ads! I for one couldn't have waited until all of the political backbiting ads had ended. And now that they have Americans can get back to criticizing the new President of the United States for the next four years as is tradition among our people.

9. Our pets. We can be thankful for our lovable dogs in particular who if they have taught their owners anything it's loyalty. Whether we're gone 5 minutes or 5 days their reaction to seeing us again is just the same.

8. Employment. If you have a job be thankful for the work that God has given your hands to do. Idle hands are the devil's workshop but a person who is gainfully employed honors their family.

7. The American Soldier. We ought to be thankful for the brave men and women in uniform who are ready to stand in harm's way to preserve freedom even at the cost of their very own lives. Whether they are serving stateside or fighting overseas may we never grow tired as a nation in praying for them, supporting them, and simply saying thank you.

6. Our Veterans. Having served for two decades in the world's finest fighting force I am thankful for the honor and privilege of having been able to do so. My only regret is that I have but one life to [give] to our nation.

5. Police Officers and First Responders. Our gratitude ought also extend to those as well who risk their lives daily to protect and serve in our communities and to those who are committed to the welfare and safety of our fellow citizens. To our men and women in blue and our courageous first responders - Thanks for all you do!

4. Liberty. Though we are free in ways that we should never be we ought to be thankful nonetheless for our God given freedoms and for these timeless words penned by our forefathers long ago: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness".

3. Kids. The Bible reminds us that "Children are a gift from God; they are his reward" (Ps. 127:3). I for one am personally grateful for the sound of the pitter patter of my little princess's feet as this tiny dancer twirls gracefully about in her tutu. And for the opportunity to watch as my once beardless boys who have grown into mustachioed men now take up their role in this next generation.

2. Our significant other. It's been asked among men, "Where would we be without our women?" To which another man quipped, "Back in the Garden of Eden!" History lesson aside, I am thankful that God, in his wisdom, saw fit that man should not be alone. For in our spouse, he has given us men more than a companion; but a friend, a lover, and a strength.

1. Amazing Grace. Lastly, if we have nothing else to be grateful for let us be thankful at least for that old rugged cross where God demonstrates his love for us in this: while we were yet still sinners Christ died for you and for me. Why? For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life!

To all of my fellow Americans on this day, I'd like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

May the grace of God, and the peace of God, and the love of God fill your hearts with gratitude this holiday season!

Run to win,


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Published by Dennis Miranda