By Tim Hunt
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About this blog: I am a native of Alameda County, grew up in Pleasanton and currently live in the house I grew up in that is more than 100 years old. I spent 39 years in the daily newspaper business and wrote a column for more than 25 years in add... (More)
About this blog: I am a native of Alameda County, grew up in Pleasanton and currently live in the house I grew up in that is more than 100 years old. I spent 39 years in the daily newspaper business and wrote a column for more than 25 years in addition to writing editorials for more than 15 years. I have served as a director of many non-profits in the Valley and the broader Bay Area and currently serve as chair of Teen Esteem and on the advisory board of Shepherd?s Gate. I also served as founding chair of Heart for Africa and have travelled to Africa seven times to serve on mission trips. My wife, Betty Gail, has taught at Amador Valley High (from where we both graduated) since 1981. She and I both graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, as did both of my parents and my three siblings. Given that Cal tradition, our daughter went south to the University of Southern California and graduated with a degree in international relations. Since graduation, she has taken three mission trips and will be serving in the Philippines for nine months starting in September. (Hide)
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It’s a day and a season to count our many blessings. Yes, we’ve lived through an unprecedented year with the COVID-19, racial and social unrest and a country divided politically. We’ve been locked in our homes, businesses are failing and there are some fundamental changes that have taken place that will affect how we live and work.
For perspective, most of us are facing 1st World challenges—empty toilet paper shelves. Some of our neighbors lower on the socio-economic ladder are facing real challenges to feed their families and pay the rent. Demand has soared at food banks and 800 families continue to pick up free boxes of food at the fairgrounds each week.
And I think of the havoc the pandemic has reeked in the 3rd World where as many as 140 million could be facing starvation. That’s a huge problem that will take an international response to lessen.
Yet here I sit in a warm, safe home and counting my blessings. And I would suggest that all of us by birth or naturalization who are American citizens should be thanking God.
I would invite all of us to take some time this week to write down what we’re thankful for. Mark Roberts, formerly a pastor in Irvine, writes a daily devotional as director of the De Pree Center at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena. He suggested making this a week of giving thanks and writing them down. I thought it was a great suggestion.