November 6, 2012

My Point Is...Being Thankful...regardless

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — With another Halloween under our belt and the election tomorrow, now it becomes time to focus on the next holiday — Christmas.

Christmas marks the season of giving, the celebration that originated from God’s gift to humanity— His son Jesus, who sacrificed His life to redeem our faults and to serve as an example of how to live a wholesome life.

But wait — there are two other holidays that fall between now and the late December. On November 11, we honor our veterans through Veteran’s Day, although locally, celebrations have already been marked. Saturday was the second annual Veteran’s Day Parade, an occasion set by current Laurel County Judge Executive David Westerfield and supported by city and county officials. The “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” parade in 2010 was one that will, undoubtedly, be hard to surpass. While last year’s parade did not reach that extent, it was indeed a sacred time to honor those who served their country, as was this year’s.

Another holiday that is often pushed aside for the Christmas rush is Thanksgiving Day. Though the “official” Christmas shopping season begins the day after Thanksgiving. Christmas items were on store shelves before Halloween drew near. While merchandising in a downed economy necessitates pre-season displays, I must agree with my son-in-law, Will Dearner, who became frustrated when he tried unsuccessfully to buy a pumpkin a week before Halloween at a local store and was instead nearly swamped by Christ-mas trees.

Holidays have been major markets for retailers, with everything from trinkets and jewelry to massive home and yard displays. The commercialism of our society today detracts from the true purpose of the holiday season.

Thanksgiving seems to have faded into the sunset while Christmas steps up to the forefront of the fall celebrations. Thanksgiving is the first true American holiday. It was set aside to remember the struggles of the early settlers and to bask in the harvest of their crops. Settlers and Native Americans joined together to give thanks to God for their bounty, without prejudice, without judgment, without hesitation to recognize and rejoice in the blessings from a higher being to which their harvest was undoubtedly due.

What a shame that this meaningful holiday has evolved to little more than a big meal, afternoon and evening football games, and a four-day weekend for many.

With the many problems in today’s society, it is understandable that being thankful is often difficult. Families who work every day and are still struggling  to keep bills paid are challenged to find good during hard times. Children who have inadequate clothing and food during cold, winter months may not see the joy of either Thanksgiving or Christmas. Parents who have traded their parenthood for the thrill of drugs cannot see the harm they inflict not only upon themselves, but on those who love and care for them. Persons faced with terminal illnesses of family and friends, or even themselves, may find little cause to smile or celebrate.

Though finding a reason to be thankful is often near-impossible, it only takes a minute of watching the local and national news broadcasts to find reasons to be thankful. With the onslaught of Super Storm Sandy, we here in the immediate area can take comfort in having heat and electricity -- an often taken for granted commodity currently not available to millions of people in New Jersey, New York, and even Maryland. We can be thankful our personal belongings haven’t been washed away to sea. The many lives lost in the disaster left hearts broken all along the eastern seaboard and beyond.

Residents in the local area well acquainted with the challenge of recovering after a natural disaster. Families in the area are still pulling together the pieces of their lives that were strewed across the northern section of our county just eight months ago.

It is times such as these that seeing our own blessings become easier. Regardless when life kicks the wind out of us, we can look around and find hundreds of others in worse conditions. We must learn to appreciate the present and cherish the past, look to the future and be thankful for the opportunity to try again.

Text Only
  • mitch.jpg On The Rebound: An almost completely true fish tale

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • denis.jpg Direct Kick: Did Lana cross the line with her remark?

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • mitch.jpg On The Rebound: All Star Game less important than Wiffle Ball

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • denis.jpg Direct Kick: A very eventful week in sports

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • The shining kingdom

    The drop in gas prices locally is a welcome sight for most residents in the area with gas falling under $3.60 per gallon.

    July 16, 2014

  • Letter to the editor: Thanks, Sentinel-Echo

    In the July 4 edition of the Sentinel-Echo, (last page, section 1), the entire page was given to quotes of references to God, the Declaration of Independence, and our constitution by our founding fathers, former presidents, Supreme Court judges, etc. 

    July 14, 2014

  • Zamperini's story was inspiring

    I had never heard the names of Louis Zamperini and Russel Allen Phillips until my pastor gave me a book, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” by author Laura Hillenbrand, who wrote, “Seabiscuit: An American Legend” a few years ago.

    July 11, 2014

  • The tales of Dr. Robert E. Pennington

    When Dr. H. V. Pennington began to practice medicine in Laurel County times were hard and medical methods were primitive, compared to today. 

    July 11, 2014

  • Where did that red truck go?

     We were sitting out on the front porch last Saturday afternoon when a  big, red, late- model pick up whizzed by on Charlie Brown.  It looked like there was a man driving and a woman riding shotgun  

    July 7, 2014

  • A change for Pace

    Let me tell you a little about my friend Candice Pace. We were sitting in the fountain square the other day and she was telling me about how she had driven to Pikeville, where she’s from, to visit with her mom. Along the way, deep in McCreary County, she passed three turtles that were crossing the road.Let me tell you a little about my friend Candice Pace. We were sitting in the fountain square the other day and she was telling me about how she had driven to Pikeville, where she’s from, to visit with her mom. Along the way, deep in McCreary County, she passed three turtles that were crossing the road.

    July 7, 2014

AP Video
Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

A. No major plans. We will probably hang out around Laurel County.
B. Going to the beach!
C. Kentucky has a lot of wonderful state parks, and we plan to visit a few and enjoy quality family time.
     View Results