Thursday Thankfulness

German Pastor, and Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said,  “It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.

American Christian Pastor A.W. Tozer described gratitude as, “.. an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.

The Apostle Paul in his farewell to the Ephesians reminded them that  It is more blessed to give than to receive...

I have been on the giving and receiving end of things in my life, and I heartily agree with Paul.  Although I am so incredibly thankful for so much that folks have helped me with, done for me and blessed me by, I find so much peace, joy and blessings by being able to give too.

Earlier this week I came by a story that I just had to share for a few reasons. 1 because it’s so amazing and so well deserved, and 2, because I love our troops and Veterans.  I can’t do much for them, I wish I could, but I try and at least encourage them and let them know I care.   But I have to say, other than maybe one of my heroes Martha Raye,  Gary Sinise is one who has done so much incredible work in helping, truly helping so many of our troops, their families and other first responders than anyone else in his field.

I first heard of “Lt. Dan’s” work through the Gary Sinise Foundation on twitter years ago.  While the Foundation was formed in 2010, “each of the Foundation’s programs originated from Gary’s personal relationships with our nation’s service community and a wide range of nonprofits he had supported for decades.”

Through working, donations and offering his Lt. Dan Band, the foundation has raised millions and an untold amount of service men and women,Veterans, first responders, Gold Star Families and kids of deployed troops have been blessed over the past decade.

Gary has a new book out, and while I don’t have a whole lot of time to read these days, I just might have to make myself some time for it.  It’s aptly called, Grateful American.  The book is a look at his journey through his life from acting to his work through the foundation.

As a special tribute from retired four-star General Robin Rand, who serves as CEO of the Foundation, he had folks from Hollywood and those who’s lives have been touched by Gary make a special video for him, to thank him for all his honorable and selfless dedication to our nation’s heroes.

His reaction was priceless,

It truly is such a big blessing to give.

One story of thousands…

I’m only one of millions who appreciate him for so much love and real selfless giving that he has done, and I have to add my own hearty, Thank You Gary, from the bottom of my heart for all you have and continue to do for those who selflessly sacrifice every day for all of us. I too am a grateful American, and so proud of Honorable Americans such as you. Thank you!

Have a blessed Thursday y’all ♥

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