This week, flags across our nation are being lowered to half mast. Here in Patriot we should remember how blessed we are to live in a nation of freedom, and a town where we are able to live our lives the way we see fit. As we mourn the loss of servicemen and women in a far away land, we also mourn and pray for their families, their lives will never be the same.
It is easy to turn on the television, laptop or social media and find fault in many things, every action has consequences, and things will be rectified. Instead of listening to who is blaming who, we should take a moment and say a prayer for all the people who are hurting, all those who have been lost, and for our nation’s leadership who face tough decisions in the near future. Hold your loved ones a little tighter, and say an extra prayer, try to show compassion to our neighbors as we move forward one step at a time.
On Wednesday morning I received a message from Patti Viers asking me to pass along that the ‘Patriot Pals’ reunion set for September 11th, has been canceled. Due to an increased number of COVID cases in the area, the decision was made to postpone the event in order to keep everyone safe. Hopefully they will be able to resume the festivities in 2022. Apologies to anyone who has made travel arrangements, the safety of our residents is a high priority.
Just as we close out the summer this weekend with Labor Day, we need to take time to acknowledge the reason we celebrate Labor Day. This has been a difficult time all over the country and people are still trying to find their way. We should show our appreciation for all those who have been providing us with not only medical needs, but the businesses that have provided for our needs, whether they be food, lodging, entertainment and such. In a time of uncertainty there are some things we should find as blessings, and I would like to take a moment to thank all those people who have made them possible, without you things would certainly look bleak.
We should also take time to thank our pastors and church organizations for helping us with our faith, they have had to change with the times as well. We are all doing our best to make it one day at a time.
Hopefully in the next week or so we will see a dip in the temperature. I am ready for fall and cooler temperatures.
This coming week Patriot Baptist church is holding a brotherhood breakfast on September 4th at 8 a.m. at the church.
I hope everyone has a safe, healthy and happy week ahead. Once again let us all bow our heads and lift up prayers for our nation, our community, our families and loved ones. Take a moment to remember all the good in the world and try to fade out the darkness. As we go into the next few months we should be aware of difficulties we all can face, but we need to remember there is good all around us.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news my mother would say to me: ‘look for the helpers, you will always find people helping’.” — Fred Rogers.
As we look for the helpers, let us all be helpers as well. Have a wonderful week