Finding Faith: Much to be thankful for in America

Rev. John Snyder

We have so much to be thankful for, even if all is not well and even this year with the COVID-19 pandemic. We live in a great country. One could argue a strong case that America is the greatest nation in the world by the standard of several measures.

God has blessed our nation with great wealth, liberties, and opportunities. We have a form of government, Constitution, and Bill of Rights that are second to none. We have a system of checks and balances that help promote justice for all. Our stability and security is the envy of much of the world. The union is not perfect by any means, and there is always room for improvement.

When we travel and visit other countries, it does not take long to appreciate and see that what we have here in the United States of America is special and exceptional. Of the 192 sovereign nations of the world, very few can offer anything close to what we have; and this includes our educational system, our healthcare system, our economy, and our legal and judicial systems.

Despite all the unique challenges of 2020 that we have each faced, we still have much to be grateful for here in America. While our nation’s freedoms have been more limited and our trials and challenges have increased this past year, compared to much of how the world is living, we are still in fairly good shape and blessed.

We live in a country that has choices and opportunities. We still have an abundance of food and supplies in this land. We have access to incredible healthcare and health innovations. We have a strong transportation system. We have consistent electricity and a good water supply. We are able to stay warm in cold winters. We even have mobile and Wi-Fi technologies available to us often wherever we go. We have almost unlimited choices when it comes to what clothing and shopping we want or need and even the choice of what foods we want to purchase. We can also have access to all levels of education and can pursue career opportunities. We have almost unlimited choices when it comes to entertainment and recreation. We also have the privileged freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly. We have a judicial system that is balanced and while not perfect, it brings about law and order. We also have the sacred right to vote in local, state, and national elections. And we can even bring about change in various areas or situations if we want a different direction.

Our Armed Forces are the best in the world and keep us and countless others safe. We also have a truly caring community of people across this nation and locally that support and care for each other.

These are just some of the main reasons to be thankful for as a nation by these unique privileges and blessings.

May God continue to bless this nation greatly.

Happy Thanksgiving and Christmas Season to you all!

We pray and hope you all have a healthy and blessed holiday season.

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Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Rev. John Snyder, pastor of House of the Lord Fellowship, Lock Haven.


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