The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Be Ye Thankful

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

23 November 2005

The fall colors have been one of the many things I have been thankful for this past month, and now the cold weather has almost caused all the leaves to shed. My beautiful colored mums are now a drab brown. It happens so quickly.

Late Friday, I was coming out of Weir's Fruit Farm near Gladstone with delicious fresh apples to give away that evening during the Holiday Open House in Stronghurst. I noticed my telephone beeping me a message from Oak Lane Nursing Home.

The registered nurses were wanting to inform me of my mother who had a chocking spell which was almost too much for her weakened body. They had her on oxygen with Dr. Pogue checking on her. They were in hopes she would come through this okay. I was upset but knew she was in good hands. In the midst of crises, I was thankful.

Days can turn from excitement to worry in a minute's notice, yet we can be grateful. Grateful that a loving God is in control. Grateful for a community of loving friends who come by our sides to help and encourage us.

Thanksgiving is so much more than a traditional meal around the table, although the delicious smells of the Thanksgiving meals brings us much pleasure.

This Thanksgiving I want to give special thanks for the doctors, and the nurses, and aids, and for those who serve their communities and volunteer in any way.

May God bless you and your families.