This has been a difficult year for most of us. However, as we gather in the coming days to enjoy delicious food, football games or other family traditions, I encourage you to take a few moments to simply give thanks.

What are some of the things I am thankful for? I am thankful most of all for my relationship with Jesus Christ. I am far from perfection, but I thank God for His salvation, mercy and forgiveness.

I am also thankful for a beautiful and loving family. I am thankful for a roof over my head, good health and food to eat. I am thankful for the customers and readers of this newspaper. Thank you for your continued support.

I am thankful that I live in a free country. I am thankful for the men and women who fight or have fought to protect this freedom that I enjoy.

The list could go on and on. What are you thankful for?

My prayer is that you experience a wonderful Thanksgiving.