I have a special appreciation for Thanksgiving.
You see, my mom wasn’t born in the United States. She had a green card all of my young life, which — of course– I thought was super cool. But her heart for America pumped stronger than any US citizen’s ever could. I didn’t know why. Was it because her “foreigner” status provided her with a diferent — a clearer — perspective on America’s heritage, freedom, and foundation?
Every Thanksgiving we’d read about the pilgrims. Mom had us dress up, act out plays, look up authentic dishes, shoot bows and arrow, you name it.
She’d search out old books about pilgrims, journals from George Washington, copies of the constitution…and this painting always hung above our homeschool room.
One year, Mom started the long process of becoming a US citizen. She learned laws, memorized presidents, studied history, and went through hundreds of notecards with information about our country. To me, it looked boring. Tedious. Over-board.
She loved every second.
After plane trips, quizzes, and prayers, she finally passed a test and got to put a little pin in a map, marking her location. My mom was now a US citizen. I couldn’t have been prouder.
And I got a glimpse of America through new eyes.
Mom’s passion showed my siblings and I how blessed we are to have been born and raised here. We are free to worship Christ — the original reason the pilgrims sailed to America. Living in this free country provides us with options we wouldn’t have elsewhere, such as traveling to other places to spread the gospel.
So this year, without digging into the positives or negatives of our government, the increase or decrease in the nation’s integrity, the back-and-forth of political debates . . . I’m thankful to have been born in America.
Even more than that, I’m thankful for my mom’s passion over such a blessing. She showed me the beauty behind my US citizenship, the windows that it can open to deeper ministry that couldn’t be done otherwise.
What are you thankful for this year?
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