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Specht: There is so much for which to be thankful


A few years ago, there was a trend on Facebook called “30 days of thankfulness.” Users would post a different personal reason to be thankful each day for the month of November. It was really cool to see, and put things into perspective for many.

While that particular trend has come and gone, it is still worthwhile to take a step back and reflect on the many blessings we all enjoy here in Webster Parish.

Here are some of the things for which I am thankful:

  • I am thankful that I live in a community that cares for others. If you were to look at a year’s worth of the Minden Press-Herald in one sitting, you would see countless times when the community came together to raise money, serve, or care for others both in the community and in other parts of the nation and world.
  • I am thankful for the churches in our community. While some may see “a church on every corner” as a concern, I see it as a variety of different people with a commitment not only to assemble, but to actively demonstrate their faith.
  • I am thankful for the schools in Webster Parish, both public and private. As we receive and publish the happenings at our schools, it is apparent that we have administrators, teachers, and support personnel who care. Any student who commits to apply himself, can receive a high quality, well-rounded education.
  • I am thankful there is still a daily, locally owned newspaper, and a locally owned radio station here. The supposed demise of the newspaper and the local radio station (as if often reported) is not so much the result of market shifts, but corporate ownership. Our communities still rely on us to be the hub of information, and that is truly a blessing.
  • I am thankful there are those who want to see our community grow, and are willing to put themselves “out there” to make it happen. Growth and survival are not mutually exclusive, but work hand-in-hand for a better future.
  • I am thankful for my team at the Minden Press-Herald, Webster Printing Company, Bossier Press-Tribune, and Gorilla Tech & Repair. Most folks don’t see what it takes behind the scenes to do what all of us do every day. I truly appreciate their hard work and dedication.
  • I am thankful for my family who has caught the vision that I have for the company and our community and have put their hands to the plow to help make it happen. Without their help, we would not be able to accomplish much of anything.
  • I am truly thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He took my place on the cross that was meant for me. And, He keeps me “in the club” when there are times I deserve to be kicked out. Grace is the greatest blessing of all.

Next week, as things ramp up into full-blown holiday season, I encourage you to take a moment to be thankful and count your blessings. You will be the better for it.

Happy Thanksgiving.