Thankfully on this day

For many this image of Thanksgiving is the quintessential picture of the holiday.

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That the painting, titled Freedom from Want, was painted by Norman Rockwell shouldn’t surprise anyone. But there is an interesting story behind this image. It is one of the Four Freedoms, originally put forth by FDR and later illustrated by Normal Rockwell.  The other three freedoms are:

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Freedom of Speech

 

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Freedom of Worship

 

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Freedom from Fear

And these freedoms are what I am thankful for today. Obviously I am thankfully for my wonderful family. But at times that comes with a sense of near overwhelming feeling of responsibility for them. Because of that I am thankful that even in this trying economy, we have the freedom from want. I am thankful we live in a time and place where we have freedom from fear. I am thankful that we can exercise our faith as we are guided to and enjoy our freedom of worship. I am thankful that we have the freedom of speech without which you wouldn’t be reading this blog.

May you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving and find these freedoms in your life as well.

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