Thanksgiving Thoughts

We may be curtailing attendance for safety reasons due to the virus, but we are still connected to God and His family during this time.

This year like most other groups, our family Thanksgiving season is different from past years. We can’t include my mother who lives in a nursing home. Our daughter who teaches school doesn’t feel safe being around people. We accept those limitations as our goal is to be part of the solution, not part of the virus problem. So we will make do and go without their presence at our gathering, though we will deeply miss them.

Still, I’m thankful for so much that it will be a meaningful time. Here are a few of the many things in my life that enrich it:

Healthcare workers on every level taking care of people who have been ill. I don’t live in fear of death because of you.

Law-enforcement workers. I don’t live in fear of going outside of my home due to your presence.

St. Luke Church in Adams Co, Indiana where we attend.

Pastors and religious leaders. I don’t live in fear of ‘the valley of the shadow of death’ because of your teaching and belief that God has everything in His hands.

Never underestimate the power of encouragement!

People who support my writing. Sometimes I wonder if all of the effort is worth it. Then I’ll get a nice email or card in the mail from someone who tells me to keep it up, so I do.

My family of whom I am very proud.

My family for hanging together through all of this. You make every day worth it.

Bob Shouse fought as a Marine in the Pacific in WWII.

Active and retired military for the freedoms we have. I hate to think where we would be without all of you.

My husband who is faithful, hard-working and devoted to God, family and country. I couldn’t have asked for more in a marriage that has lasted 40 years.

Thanks to God for allowing me to make mistakes daily but still making room for me at the throne of God.

My plans are to continue writing about American history in 2021. We all know that those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat its mistakes.

I hope you all have a grand Thanksgiving.

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