It may be Thanksgiving time, but it seems that there is an awful lot of grumbling going on in our fair county, and little thanks being given.

It may be Thanksgiving time, but it seems that there is an awful lot of grumbling going on in our fair county, and little thanks being given. That’s probably because we take so many things for granted, assuming our “right” to them, and when we don’t get each and every desire, we grow bitter.

Most of us have grown up always expecting, and having, a job, home, car in the driveway and food in the refrigerator. Many have had at least one vacation a year, and some enjoy vacation homes or cabins. To us the Great Depression was something that our parents or our grandparents talked about, and we couldn’t understand why there were no jobs then since it seems obvious that there would still have been a need for goods and services, and hence, jobs. Now we understand better. We are the generation that felt it had everything, and now feels it has nothing. Neither it true.

We still live in a great part of the country with multiple opportunities. Jobs are hard to find, but not non-existent. We have many sources of free recreation, lakes and parks. We have a multitude of places of worship. We have governments on all levels trying to meet the needs of those in need, and doing so on reduced budgets.

Most of all we have hope, and confidence. After all, we are Americans. We are Missourians. We are Jackson Countians. As such we expect to succeed, and we will. We know our hard work during hard times will have good results. There is much to give thanks for, little to cause despair. The most important thing we can do is to look forward, in optimism, to our future, and not with dread. God has blessed us bountifully in America, and continues to do so.

No nation has the privileges and benefits that we do, including the right to thanks God as we are lead. That alone is good cause to be thankful. I hope you will join in making God the center of your thanks and joy this year.