(Nov 24) Thankful and Hopeful...Even This Year!

The atmosphere around Thanksgiving this year is different. Fear has gripped our nation. Confusion, frustration, and anger seem to describe the season more-so than gratitude. Rather than counting our blessings, most people seem focused on wishing this year would simply go away.


True thanksgiving, though, calls for a time of looking back and reflecting on blessings received and lessons learned. This is where it gets complicated, it seems. Few want to remember anything from this year. After all, why would anyone choose to dwell on topics such as a pandemic, hospitalizations, lockdowns, quarantines, and contested elections? Remembering the year 2020 for most is equivalent to trying to conjure up details from the nightmare you had in