Friday, November 11, 2016

Welcome to the Future

This picture of my dad's mother and father is probably one of my favorite pictures ever. 

Every time I see it, I think of one of the verses of a Brad Paisley song:

"My grandpa was in World War Two
He fought against the Japanese
He wrote a hundred letters to my grandma
Mailed them from his base in the Philippines
I wish they could see this now
The world they saved has changed, you know
'Cause I was on a video chat this morning
With a company in Tokyo

Hey, everyday's a revolution
Welcome to the future"

Thinking about the events of this week, I know it seems like we've made so much progress to take a "step back," so to speak. But I cannot help but get goosebumps when I think about the many men and women (including two of my uncles)
who have fought endlessly to ensure that we do have a choice and certain freedoms that can't be taken away. America is not perfect by any means, and we still have so much to work on, but we HAVE come a long way since the picture above was taken (1944). 

Today I'm thankful that I got to know my grandparents and that they instilled in me a love for Jesus and for our nation and for other people, and placed value on hard work. 

I'm thankful they worked hard to create a family that would be successful and honor the Lord, no matter what was going on in the world.

Happy Veteran's Day!

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