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Thanksgiving: Many reasons to give thanks

Though few of us are involved in the harvest season these days, most of us take part in the celebration of all for which we have to be thankful — including the embarrassment of riches with which we are blessed in this country. It is easy, when faced with day-to-day struggles, to forget how much we take for granted here.

For the most part, we don’t have to hunt for our food — though if we want to, we can. We don’t have to work our own gardens — though if we want to, we can. We roll our eyes and grumble about lines at the grocery store, forgetting how thankful we should be that such bounty is available to us.

Those with roofs over their heads, a car in the driveway, food in the kitchen, clothes in the closet, honest work to do, schools for their children and loving friends and family are blessed in ways too many around the world simply cannot comprehend. Though the sizes of the homes and number of cars may vary, we cannot forget that.

And, we cannot forget, should such a thought bring to mind those in our midst who are struggling even on this day of celebration, many of us have the means to do something to help. We should be grateful for the many organizations in our community who give us the chance to help those in need — and we should do just that.

Look around you today, ladies and gentlemen. We have so very much for which to be thankful. While we take a moment to celebrate with food and family on this occasion, we must remember it on every day.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” — Poet Henry Van Dyke

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“Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.” — Singer Amy Grant

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