Amidst the baking of pumpkin muffins, the mashing of potatoes, and the basting of the turkey, remember not only to count your blessings but also to remember those who are serving and protecting us.
As we welcome family from near and far, start a new tradition for Thanksgiving. Set an extra plate at your table as a reminder of our troops unable to be home with their families and friends during the holidays.
Thank God for these brave men and women and all the freedoms we have. May God bless our servicemen and woman, our veterans, and our families and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!
Please join me in holding all of our troops in prayer.
Almighty God, We ask your blessing upon our deployed troops, those on land, at sea and in the air in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. Hold our Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen in the palm of your hand as they enter Harm’s Way. Protect them as they protect us in defense of liberty and the increase of freedom. Bless them and their families for the sacrifices and selfless acts they perform. Remind us all that courage is not the absence of fear, but the strength to do the right thing in the face of fear. Be with us also here at home as we pray for their safe return and peace in our time. Amen.
-Chaplain (CAPT) Jane Vieira, USN
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