We are blessed

In just a couple days we will be filling our bellies with turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and all the calorie-filled sides.

While there is nothing wrong with indulging in a delicious meal, it’s also important to make sure our hearts are filled with thankfulness and gratitude for what we have.

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving,” said W.T. Purkiser, a preacher, scholar and author from the Church of the Nazarene.

William Arthur Ward, one of America’s most quoted writers of inspirational sayings, once put it like this: “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

Many folks have taken a 30-day challenge to post daily one thing they are thankful for on Facebook. These inspiring posts reveal how much we have to be thankful for, even if it seems small.

So, we thought we’d accept the challenge and use this editorial space to publish our list.

Day 1: Our readers. We couldn’t survive without those of you who faithfully read our paper.

Day 2: Our advertisers. The support of our advertisers – large and small – enables us to bring you the news each week. Please support these local businesses.

Day 3: Our staff. We are thankful for our team here at the paper. We can be serious but we also make each other laugh. We are here to serve you and always welcome feedback.

Day 4: Our jobs. We are grateful for our jobs, especially when so many others are looking for work.

Day 5: Our families. We appreciate the love and understanding our families provide, especially when we work long, unpredictable hours. The news doesn’t end at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Day 6: Our community. Barnwell County is a great place to live and work. It’s filled with many caring and compassionate people.

Day 7: Healthcare Improvements. New opportunities for local healthcare have either opened up in the past year or are on their way in 2018.

Day 8: New jobs. The economic downturn several years ago crippled our local economy; however, new companies and industries are locating in Barnwell County as others expand. Jobs are created either way, which create new opportunities for local families.

Day 9: Natural resources. Beautiful scenery is all over Barnwell County. Just look at Healing Springs, Lake Brown and Barnwell State Park as some examples.

Day 10: Promise Zone. This federal designation opens up new opportunities, such as grant possibilities, for our county.

Day 11: Charities and non-profit organizations. They work to bring positive change to the community in a variety of ways, such as reducing the homeless pet population and feeding the hungry.

Day 12: Law enforcement. These men and women risk their lives to keep the rest of us safe.

Day 13: Firefighters. While we hope we never need their services, they are there if we do. Most are volunteers.

Day 14: 911 operators. These folks connect you to the right personnel in an emergency, but often don’t receive gratitude.

Day 15: Health care professionals. From paramedics to doctors, these folks provide comfort and life-saving measures when needed.

Day 16: Military. They fight to protect our freedoms and ensure our country’s safety. Thank you to all who have served and currently serve.

Day 17: Educators. They work hard to help our children reach their full potential.

Day 18: Public officials. We don’t always agree with them, but they have important jobs and we thank them for their service.

Day 19: Transparency. Many love conducting the public’s business behind closed doors, but we thank those who promote transparency.

Day 20: Pets. They provide love and companionship to so many of us. A recent study also showed pet owners live longer. Barnwell County has several groups that work to find homes for dogs and cats.

Day 21: Food to eat. If you eat three meals a day, you are better off than many, including some in Barnwell County who rely on the soup kitchen and food banks for meals.

Day 22: Farmers. Agriculture is big business in Barnwell County. Thank you for providing products to eat.

Day 23: Shelter. We are blessed to have a place to call home and sleep at night.

Day 24: Family services. There are those who fight addiction or abuse, struggle with disabilities or illness. So many organizations work to help those in need.

Day 25: Transportation services. With so many traveling for the holidays, there are those who assist us getting to our destinations safe.

Day 26: A day of rest and good food. Our staff is enjoying a day off with family. We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you take time to count your blessings.

Day 27: Black Friday deals. This is pretty self-explanatory. We love bargains and saving money.

Day 28: Small businesses. They are the backbone of our community. They provide goods and services you can’t find anywhere else. Don’t forget the Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25) is Small Business Saturday. Please support these businesses year-round.

Day 29: Barnwell County’s churches. They provide a place of worship, fellowship and spiritual rejuvenation to many folks.

Day 30: The pending Christmas season. It’s our favorite time of year because we get to cover events across the county that brings our community together.

What are you thankful for?