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A Different Thanksgiving, Giving Thanks for What You Have


Thanksgiving will be different this year as the pandemic has affected the economy and every family in different ways. Many people have died this 2020 and fear had us overwhelmed at the beginning of the year. Yet, despite all the losses in the economy, we are here celebrating another Thanksgiving with our families. Life goes on and today we value what we have. It is a new normal in our world but we need to hope for a better future.

Unfortunately, not all the family will be present either because they will take preventive measures to keep everyone safe or someone will not be there because of COVID-19.

The happiness of other years will not be there but it will be an opportunity for people to look at their future. This year, at the dinner table, it had a feeling of uncertainty of what the future will bring but one should cherish what was overcome.

We should be thanking all the doctors, nurses, paramedics, police, and military that are not home but working to protect each one of us during these hards times.

To the nurses and doctors, it is them who we owe gratitude to as they have seen the darkest times of the pandemic giving hope to the sick in the most difficult moments.

To the police officers working on the streets risking exposure to the virus. They work every day to keep you and your family safe.

To the soldier, who is protecting our nation overseas, we thank you for your service.

President-Elect Joe Biden said: “And if we do, and I’m sure we can, we can claim the promised. With the promise who wrote these following words. The Lord is my strength and my shield, and with my song, I give thanks to him. I give thanks now for you, for the trust you’ve placed in me. Together, we’ll lift our voices in the coming months and years. And our songs shall be of lives saved, bridges repaired, a nation made whole again.”

This Thanksgiving and this holiday season, even when the festivities will be overshadowed by sadness, please thank the essential workers doing their work.

But also this Thanksgiving, thank God for all of the people and things you can think of. Be specific in your gratitude; articulate and enumerate all of the blessings in your life. Despite our differences in our situation, we should be thankful we have a home and a place to eat. We should be thankful we have a job and good health and family to live with.

A lot of people have no jobs or are homeless so give thanks to the little you have.

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