For this and so much more, … we give thanks

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

— William Arthur Ward

A traditional Thanksgiving Day hymn notes, “We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing…”

Gathering together — on Thanksgiving Day or whenever — creates great opportunities for family and community fun and fellowship. Such gatherings also give us a chance to take a look around and give thanks for the same family, friends and neighbors.

And so we do. At this special time of year, we at the Pioneer take a moment to gather our thoughts and reflect on our community.

We are thankful not only for our readers, but also for those who may never read this newspaper and who give so much to the community in which we live, work and play.

We are thankful for community leaders in local government who we firmly believe have the best interests of our community at heart — even if we may occasionally disagree with them.

We are grateful for educators, school administrators and board members who we feel really care about our young people and strive to improve their future lives by preparing them as best they can for the wide, wide world out there.

We are so very thankful for the many people who work very hard at keeping our homes safe, our drinking water clean, our roads clear of snow and our infrastructure maintained despite all sort of budgeting constraints.

We are grateful for first responders — police, fire and emergency medical personnel — who take care of us at the most vulnerable moments in our lives.

We are thankful for friends and neighbors who understand that a difference of opinion does not mean the other side is the enemy.

We are thankful for so many things in this community that it becomes hard to name them all, but for all we mentioned and so much more, … we give thanks.

“Thanksgiving is recognition of a debt that cannot be paid. We express thanks, whether or not we are able otherwise to reimburse the giver.”

— Billy Graham

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