How do we give thanks in trying times?

Print Article

As we sit down to a table full of turkey and trimmings today, most of us will state the obvious: we’re thankful for our family, friends and any measure of good fortune or health that has blessed us over the past year. Then our Thanksgiving traditions — whatever they may be — will commence.

Some will roll their overfed bodies onto the couch to watch football. Others will head outdoors to hunt or recreate. A few will bicker over lingering wounds from the midterm elections or politics in general. For the most part, we pause to give thanks on this most grateful of days, and then go about our business as usual.

Yet beyond our own comfortable microcosms some big tragedies loom, from fires scorching California to coastal areas still reeling from the aftermath of two destructive hurricanes. And how many Americans will have an empty seat at the table this year because of the more than 300 mass shootings in the U.S. so far this year?

How do we give thanks amid such tragedy? Sometimes it’s painful to look at the big picture in America, even when we know in our hearts we’re a resilient people capable of overcoming the worst disasters. We know that amid the inferno of the Camp Fire, which has killed 79 people and destroyed close to 13,000 homes, that there are countless acts of kindness, of neighbors and strangers helping one another.

The same goes for the survivors of Hurricanes Michael and Florence. It’s people helping people get through one day at a time. It’s civic organizations and church groups heading to disaster zones to help residents rebuild. It’s people opening their wallets to give to those in need. These are the times during which America’s humanity is on full display.

We see this kind of generosity on a daily basis in the Flathead Valley. Food banks are buzzing with volunteers who are doing their best to see that no one goes hungry today. Annual holiday gift drives for those less fortunate are ramping up. The giving season is about to hit full stride.

This is how we make a difference, and how we can show our gratitude for the gift of living in this special place, and for all we’ve been given. On Thanksgiving Day 2018, we are thankful for every kind soul who goes the extra mile to make sure someone is fed or clothed or sheltered. They’re truly the heart and soul of our communities and our country.

Print Article

Read More Editorial

Grateful for search-and-rescue teams

February 21, 2019 at 6:00 am | Daily Inter Lake A couple of close calls in the backcountry last weekend have us singing the praises of our local search-and-rescue outfits. On Sunday, Flathead Search and Rescue sent a ground crew to search for a ...

Comments

Read More

Looming doctor shortage a concern for rural Montana

February 17, 2019 at 6:00 am | Daily Inter Lake “The doctor will see you now.” When we’re ill and in need of medical care, hunkered down in a waiting room, that’s the phrase we hope to hear in a timely manner. We want access to a doctor in our lo...

Comments

Read More

Modest Evergreen Fire levy worthy of your vote

February 10, 2019 at 6:00 am | Daily Inter Lake It was just 10 months ago that Evergreen Fire District voters soundly rejected a levy request to fund Evergreen Fire and Rescue’s growing needs. Next month, ballots for a revised proposal will be sen...

Comments

Read More

County trails plan ready for final vote

February 06, 2019 at 8:09 pm | Daily Inter Lake The Flathead County Parks and Recreation Board is set to vote Monday on a revised county trails plan that sets out a vision for a regional multi-use trail network. After a year and a half of work, it...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

News: (406) 837-5131
Advertising: 406-758-4410
Bigfork Eagle
c/o Daily Inter Lake
PO Box 7610
Kalispell, MT 59904

©2019 Bigfork Eagle Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X