Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Past

**I wrote this post Thanksgiving 2007 on our family blog. We had just returned from Israel, Egypt and Jordan. It has been three years since our trip, but my mind returns almost daily to the lessons learned there.**

Our hearts are drawn out in thanksgiving this year - we have so much more then we ever realized to be thankful for. Our trip helped us to recognize how truly blessed we are. To name just a few of our blessings -

We are thankful our children do not have to be sent out to beg everyday for enough money just to eat.

We are thankful for clean water to drink and a clean home to live in.

We are thankful for a peaceful, prosperous country.

We are thankful for the bounteous variety of food that abounds in our country.

We are thankful for a government, despite its flaws, that is mindful of its' people.

We are thankful that our children can go on field trips without armed guards.

We are thankful that we live in a place where we can freely share the Gospel.

We are thankful that we live in a country where women can speak and are respected for their divine qualities.

We are thankful for the type of health care that is readily available in our country.

We are thankful we have a temple in which we can commune with the Lord.

We are thankful to have walked where our Savior walked.

Most importantly, we are thankful for the Restoration of the Gospel and the hope, peace and direction it blesses our lives with.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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