Celebrating Thanksgiving

Jerry McGhee, Pastor

November is the month that we celebrate, as did our ancestors, the continued blessings of God. We normally note our gratitude for family and friends, for our health and strength, and we do so because we know that God has a hand in those areas of our lives.

I am grateful for our veterans, the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces, many of whom suffered grievous wounds in the defense of our freedom. When I see the flag, I remember that “freedom is not free” and that in our present world environment, freedom will need to be fought for and won again and again. So, for every veteran in Sun Lakes, thank you for your service.

As I was thinking of other reasons to be thankful, I thought of a few things we take for granted. I’m thankful for electricity, without which we would be living like the folks in the 18th century. I’m grateful for cars, trains and airplanes that make travel so much easier than even 100 years ago.

I am thankful for indoor plumbing, hot and cold water from my faucet and for clean drinking water. I am thankful for doctors who can repair our hearts, repair an aneurysm in our brain and for medicine that will attack cancer cells in our bodies.

I am thankful for my wife’s computer and my iPhone which help us keep in contact with our children and friends, and I am really grateful for air-conditioning! There are a hundred out-of-the-box things I am grateful for. Give it some thought. What are you thankful for?

Sun Lakes Community Church meets every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Sun Lakes Chapel, located across from Sun Lakes Country Club. More information on the church can be found at www.sunlakescommunitychurch.org or by calling the office at 480-895-9147.