Summer is my favorite time of year. It is too short, and my days in the pool are too few. I crave the warmth and the sun, and I love wearing as little as possible.
This summer my dad shattered his pelvis. I had a car accident. My sister's dog died. My arm and hand are sore. We missed our annual Duluth trip. We missed our New York trip. They stopped having Saturday night services at my church. I did not get into the Transformation Center group at my church. There is no more Women's Bible study at my church.
Aside from the miraculous rescue from my car accident, it has been a tumultuous summer. But, I can look at it all and be thankful I am here and not trying to escape Iraq and Syria. I don't live in an inner city that is roiling with riots. I don't live in a poverty-stricken area, or a natural disaster-stricken area. I have family, my own home, and all I need to live independently. I have the opportunity for a new career. I have a trip with my mom to look forward to next year to the South of France on a Vikings river cruise.
So even though there are many changes that I am not happy about, I can be thankful for what I do have, instead of lamenting about what I don't.
I do want to send a thank you for all the police officers out there who risk their lives everyday for a thankless population. I want to thank our soldiers for their sacrifice. And I thank God I am an American. Even though things are tough sometimes, we are still the greatest nation on God's green earth due to the Constitution, and to our founding fathers who dreamed of a better time and a better place. We are the recipients of their dreams, and I hope we will never take it for granted, or allow those dreams to be destroyed. We owe them that.