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Opinion

January 12, 2014

Will and choice

NORMAN — Nov. 24 marked the anniversary of my mother’s passing. It was years ago. Mom was the true writer in the family, but from time to time in her absence and in an effort to honor her memory, I will pick up a pen and attempt to be a writer.

We all gather on the occasion, not to grieve but to celebrate life — particularly her life. We reminisce about the good times and are thankful for the joy she brought to our lives and the lives of others.

Life is truly a precious and divine gift. If you ask 10 people “what is the meaning of life?” you will hear 10 different opinions. One thing is certain, much about life only applies if you assume the existence of God.

Our human nature, coupled with an awareness of “self,” differentiates us from all other living creatures. God’s grace expressed through free will empowers us to choose how we will traverse life’s rugged and unpredictable landscape.

Free will allows us to choose to touch the lives of others, some of whom are less fortunate than ourselves.

We build upon a foundation established by our forefathers and pray our efforts lead to a stronger union and a more compassionate nation whose people understand the importance of a generous heart. We choose to believe in one nation, built by one people, under the direction of one true God.

It is our good fortune as Americans to be the caretakers of a Constitution, the declaration and Bill of Rights, documents written more than two centuries ago. Documents that contain the basic values and principles upon which our country was built. The right to life is boldly and unequivocally stated in these manuscripts, and they have stood the test of time.

Our belief in these principles is why we represent freedom to an imprisoned world and why the presence of our flag signifies a safe harbor for those who find themselves in harm’s way.

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