Dear Heavenly Father, I confess to You that I am often guilty of taking for granted the freedoms I enjoy in this wonderful land I call “Home.” Forgive me for that, Father. Many have suffered and died that I may enjoy those freedoms day in and day out. Because of their sacrifices, I do not fear that I will be shot or bombed when I step out of my house each day. Because of their sacrifices, I am free to worship You wherever and whenever I choose without fear of retribution. Because of their sacrifices, I do not worry when I lie my head down to sleep each night. Father, many have laid down their lives. Many are the families who grieve today because of loved one’s who have been lost. Lord, I have not suffered that kind of loss, and I thank You for that. Lord, I lift up to You today those who grieve because a loved one willingly sacrificed him/herself. I also lift up to You those who are separated today from loved one’s who are serving as they hope and pray for their safe return home. Thank You for those who serve, and thank You for their families for they are making a sacrifice as well. And thank You most of all Lord God for the One whose sacrifice gave us the ultimate freedom, Your Son, Jesus Christ. In His Most Precious Name I pray, Amen.