Taking time to be thankful

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As the holiday season approaches, and the end of another year is upon us, how many of us will stop and take stock of what has happened in our lives this past year?
Sure, there have been hard things to deal with. Some of us may have lost loved ones, suffered serious medical issues, been involved in life-threatening accidents from which we’re still recovering, experienced financial difficulties — and, as a community, struggled with the aftermath of a once-in-a-lifetime flood.
But, we have so much to be thankful for too.
Some of us have been blessed with new additions to our families, overcame that struggle with cancer or another serious illness, spared from death in that car crash when God said it wasn’t our time yet, found a job after months of searching — and, again as a community, bounced back to see 99.9 percent of our business district on its feet again following that flood.
Next Thursday — Thanksgiving Day — will be a work day for many people as this world of ours seldom takes a break for anything. But that doesn’t mean we can’t pause and be thankful for that job we have to go to, along with our many, many blessings that go along with living in the greatest country in the world, and what we feel is one of the best little corners in that world.
It’s Thanksgiving ... be thankful.
And then it’s Christmas ... be even more thankful.