Dear Editor,

Finally, it‘s fall!

I say “finally‘ but actually it seems to have come so fast this year. Many that I have spoken to have remarked “Oh my, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and then Christmas comes with the next breath.‘

And so it goes.

Does time seem to speed up as we age, or do we just feel more pressure to provide all the goodies of the holidays when we are physically slowing down? It doesn‘t really matter, fall is here we are on the “holiday highway‘ again.

First comes Thanksgiving – this month we celebrate on Nov. 23. There is so much to be thankful for – we could be on our knees thanking our Lord for hours or even days!

A beginning could be thanks that our East Texas community was blessed by having Hurricane Harvey‘s massive destruction pass us by. Many of us have family and friends in other states that were devastated, but survived – a definite thankful heart is given to our Lord for His grace in that instance.

Each family has their own personal thank you list. The important thing is to apply it with praise and thanksgiving to our Lord.

There are so many who will be celebrating their Thanksgiving in shelters or in places they hadn‘t though they would be. They may have lost everything through fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, landslide, earthquake or some other natural disaster.

Others will have lost loved ones through senseless acts of violence, wars, sickness or accident. Their Thanksgiving will have an empty space at the table. I hope we will help where we can – especially through prayer.

I suppose what I am trying to say is “there but for the grace of God go I.‘ Thank you Lord for your mercy and care. Praises be your name. Won‘t you join me?

Have a happy, safe and bountiful Thanksgiving.

“Oh, give thanks to the Lore, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.‘

--I Chronicles, 16:34

Sharon Rohrbough,


Kilgore News Herald


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