Now, more than ever, is time to give thanks

By: 
Wade Young, Montgomery Messenger

This Thanksgiving, like previous years, we will all give thanks.

Unlike past years, this Thanksgiving is a time like no other.

More than 55 million people worldwide have contracted the coronavirus, and more than 1.3 million people (almost 250,000 in U.S.) have died as a result of it.

At this time of great sorrow, feeling thankful is a challenge, but I am going to try.

I am happy the tens of millions of people who have contracted the coronavirus have survived it.

I am thankful for the healthcare workers who have been on the frontlines since day one taking care of patients, both with covid and regular diseases and ailments. Your job is never-ending, and you continue to be heroes in so many ways. Thank you!

I am thankful for the public health leaders and scientists whose diligent efforts to find a cure for this crappy virus do not go unnoticed. Your work looks to be paying off with the news of several efficient vaccines around the corner. Thank you!

I am thankful for my health. Yes, I could be thinner, and could exercise more, but I am relatively healthy and “taking nourishment” as Marlene Kolars, a longtime Messenger employee and writer, used to say. I am thankful for business owners and educators in the community. Economically and socially, this has been a difficult and stressful year. You have been doing your best at a time nobody saw coming. Thank you!

I am thankful for my employer, Suel Printing Co. and everyone at its newspapers (Montgomery Messenger, The New Prague Times, LifeEnterprise, and Extra Shopper). It has been a challenge at times to keep up with the influx of changing news and cancellations. However, I feel we have worked together to unearth interesting stories for the pages each week. Your story suggestions we have received are wonderful! Please keep them coming!

I am thankful for you - the readers - who look to the paper each week for information on the community. I hope we have been successful at providing you local news that takes your mind off these bizarre times in our lives and keeps you informed.

I am thankful for our religious leaders who remind us there is a higher power watching over us.

I am thankful for my family - immediate and extended - for being there when life gets unbearable. When we feel like we can’t go on, we prop each other up and support one another because we know this won’t last forever. Hope is around the corner!

As we keep our distance this Thanksgiving and Christmas at the same time we seek to be close, I will remember this message: If we stick together, we can come out of this even stronger than before.

That is something to be thankful for.

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