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As we approach the annual Thanksgiving holiday, may we suggest there is much for which to be thankful!
Our collective gratitude as Utahns living in the relative peace, tranquility and safety of these mountain valleys is accentuated by all that has happened throughout the world the past year. We think especially of the suffering caused by devastating natural disasters where the loss of life and property has been enormous.
Here in our part of the world, for the most part, we have been protected from life threatening storms. We have roofs over our heads. Our homes, mostly, are strong and secure and comfortably furnished.
There is food to eat: not just life sustaining staples, but a vast variety of choices.
We have fresh water to drink. And it is available in abundance for us to use for bathing, cleaning and, too often, wasting.
Clothing is seldom a concern. The bigger issue for most of us is what to wear on any given day to be considered fashionable. We have shoes on our feet and coats on our backs.
Indeed, as we consider the unfortunate plight of so many in this world who continue to suffer because of Mother Nature’s fury, gratitude for our personal circumstances this Thanksgiving season should be unceasing.