My Reflections on My Nation’s Needs


Veteran's DayWe have had, have, and will continue to have many threats to our nation. Some are external like the events of September 11, 2001. Some are internal like racial tension, an uncertain economy, distrust of law enforcement, chemical abuse, injustice, and general violence. We must pull together like we did in the days that followed the tragedy 14 years ago.
On that fateful day, I was listening to events unfold on the radio as I drove to a preacher’s breakfast in Manchester, a few miles north of Jasper, Alabama. My mood was surreal – I could not believe what I was hearing. The usually jovial radio hosts were serious and focused. When I arrived at the restaurant, we all gathered around a TV to watch as the events continued to unfold. All we knew to do was to pray for the survivors, for our leaders to have strength, and for our nation.
My prayer today is for our leaders to be strong and courageous enough to lead this nation to be a light to the world around us. My prayer for this nation is for us as individual citizens to become less egocentric as individuals, to start with the man in the mirror and make needed changes. I pray we focus on the needs of others and not our wants nor imagined entitlements. I pray we regain the determination that began our nation, the determination to allow individual citizens to improve their situation and status. This is what our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is about.

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