Today I am thankful for my loving family, my faith and the freedom to practice it, my health, for my friends, and for all the freedoms I enjoy as an American. In these times we should be especially conscious of our freedoms, as we are reminded frequently just how tenuous they are. Let's not forget those who serve us at home and abroad.
I pray that the meaning of this day is not forgotten or lost in the hunt for good deals at the big box stores. If shopping is your thing this holiday, take time to think about why you are able to do that. As I sorted through the newsprint I carried in this morning to find something that wasn't an ad, it struck me that I've heard nothing about Thanksgiving in the past days, only about "Black Friday."
Whatever you do today, however you choose to mark the day, I wish you the best and hope your holiday is filled with joy.