• 63°

Doug Creamer: Thankful for Vets and…

Doug Creamer

            As I sit at the computer, it is Veteran’s Day. I am thankful for the sacrifices our soldiers have made. They have paid the price to defend freedom and democracy, both here and around the globe. The brave men and women who donned the uniform are not the only ones who paid the price, but also their families and loved ones. Their sacrifice of spending time with their loved ones while they served this great nation is a price appreciated by all Americans, and we thank them for this gift to our nation.

            At church we honored our vets, prayed for them and their families, and lifted up the families who had members on active duty. I tried to thank all those who were sitting close to me for their service. I also dropped my dad a note of thanks for his service. He doesn’t talk much about his time in the service, and I don’t thank him enough for serving.

            We are lucky to be living in this great land where we have so many freedoms. I can practice the tenets of my faith without fear of the government stopping me. I can write about the things I believe and they can appear in the newspaper and on my website. We have the freedom to express differing opinions, but sadly, it seems we are becoming less willing to listen to others whose opinion differs from our own.

            As a classroom teacher I have had the high privilege of teaching students from all kinds of different backgrounds. I love and celebrate the diversity in my classroom. We do discuss target marketing in my class, which is dividing people into various groups in order to better sell them products, but I do not allow the marketing differences to separate them. We work in groups that are diverse and listen to various opinions equally. Being able to listen, grow, and share is what makes this a great nation.

            I am thankful to be living in a country where I can choose where to work and live. We were driving home from Winston-Salem the other evening and my wife asked when we moved to Rowan County. We realized we have been here for thirty years. We have moved a few times, but basically have been right here enjoying life in this great community. We feel blessed to live here, not too far for a trip to the mountains, and close to the coast, so we can visit the beach.

            I feel blessed to be a part of a good church. We are a warm, diverse family. We range from newborn to people in their nineties. Our backgrounds are as diverse as our age. But we are a close-knit family. I am thankful that I can worship freely in our country, that our government protects the rights of its people to seek God. We need to continue to seek God’s blessings for our community, the state, and this great nation. We live safely by the grace of God. We need to pray that God will continue to bless, protect and pour out His love on us.

            I firmly believe that God uses our men and women in uniform to keep us all safe, but we can’t trust in their ability alone. We have to realize it is God who is protecting us. I was reminded of this in Sunday school when we heard about Isaiah and Hezekiah calling out to God to protect Judah. It seems the Assyrian army had surrounded them and was about to destroy them. God sent one angel who destroyed the entire Assyrian army. We need to remember that it is God who keeps us safe.

            As we are entering a season of giving thanks, let’s remember the soldiers and their families. Let’s remember to pray for their safety and protection. If you get the opportunity, thank them for their service to this great nation. While all this is important, don’t neglect to thank the One who really keeps us all safe. It is God who protects and guards us. We need His favor and grace in this dangerous world.

            I want to encourage you to give thanks to God for all those who serve in the military. Pray that God will bless and protect them and their families. Also, thank Him for His love, grace, and mercy. Ask Him to bless us, to keep us safe. Ask Him to protect our communities, our state, and our great nation. Aren’t you thankful for the good ol’ U.S.A.?

Contact Doug at doug@dougcreamer.com

 

About Post Lifestyles

Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalPostLifestyle/ and Twitter @postlifestlyes for more content

email author More by Post

Comments

Local

BlockWork returns for 10th year of beautification

Local

Big Chili Cook Off changes format, sells 250 tickets

Lifestyle

Kiwanis Club names five recipients of Centennial Awards

Lifestyle

Rowan County bridge dedicated to local police officer who made ultimate sacrifice

Local

Camp Barnhardt to host drive-in movie, trick-or-treat

News

Dental deserts: Lack of adequate oral health care across North Carolina

Business

Spicing things up: Mise En Place food truck finds success serving Indian fare

Lifestyle

Church foundation distributes record amount of money

Business

Biz Roundup: ‘Forward Rowan’ continues to draw support, raise money

Education

School board set to vote on Faith, Enochville closures Monday

Health

Local health officials worry pandemic will cause long-term effects for children’s health

Local

Ordinance change needed to address night train noise in Salisbury

Elections

Election 2020: Heggins, Warren talk racial injustice, economy

News

Cunningham keeps low in NC Senate race marked by his affair

BREAKING NEWS

Two bodies found in home on Lincolnton Road

Crime

Man arrested in Kannapolis plotted to kill Biden, found with guns, explosive material, court documents state

Local

Flagger clipped by vehicle, taken to hospital with minor injuries

Coronavirus

County finishes week with five deaths, one of 36 to receive letter from state health officials

Business

Salisbury Newsmedia reaches agreement to sell Innes Street building; Post to remain tenant

Crime

Blotter: Teens attempt to break into Gerry Wood Auto Group

Crime

Man faces arson charges for Kannapolis camper fire

Business

New tenant hopes to lease former K&W Cafeteria building

Nation/World

Trump, Biden go after each other on coronavirus, taxes

Coronavirus

County adds three more COVID-19 deaths to total