I was feeling pretty low until I then opened up an e-mail from a soldier in Iraq for whom I pray (not as much as I should). He said that one of his best friends had just lost an eye to an IED explosion. He wondered why he was not hit…he was usually where the man who lost the eye was standing and he’s taller and if he were there, he would have been killed in a flash by having his neck cut open. Maybe, he said, he survived because Ben Stein prayed for him. I know this man because I met his Mom at a speech I gave in Vegas and told her in an elevator that I would pray for her son as I hugged her.
I was thrown to my knees to pray to God to thank Him for sending these magnificent men and women who put their lives on the line and my own trivial nothings into perspective.
Then my wife showed up with her glorious, perfect smile, and my dog stretched and licked my face — she doesn’t know she has just had a cancerous lump removed and faces radiation, the dog, not the wife, thank God — and every touch of my wife and my dog are precious. PRECIOUS.
How lucky can one guy get? How blessed, to sit in the air conditioning, play with my dog and my computer, and have the most perfect wife on earth bring me tea while men and women who are in EVERY SENSE BETTER THAN I AM offer up their comfort and their young lives for me and the hundreds of millions of other slobs like me so we can hug our dogs and our wives?
Every day should be Thanksgiving by us for them. EVERY DAY, EVERY HOUR, EVERY MINUTE. Let’s all do it together.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online