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The Meridian Star
Editor's Note: The Meridian Star asked readers to tell us what they are thankful for on this day of Thanksgiving. Numerous readers responded. This is what they had to say:
I am thankful for God's love to everyone and for my family and me having a home and food.
Most of all I am thankful for the good things and bad things. My Nana says the good things make me better and the bad things make me stronger in God.
And for that I am very thankful.
Tre Hudson, Meridian
I am thankful for God, family and freedom.
I am thankful for everything. I am thankful for my mother Shatagia Bell teaching me everyday life and everyday life in high school.
I am also thankful for my father Russell Bell for being there for me. I will like to be thankful this Thanksgiving for both of my parents being here, and not dead.
I will also like to thank my friend Anthony Overstreet for always being there when I needed him most. He's a really great friend. When I was sick he prayed for me to get better. I really admire that.
I really admire my parents for being there all my life.
That is what I am thankful for.
Sammie Mathis, Meridian
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my family, my home and my kitty cats. I am thankful for my loving family because they always support me when I am in plays, tennis tournaments, school events, chorus groups, and dance competitions.
For example: One time I was about to perform my first solo on a big stage at dance competition. I was really nervous. Luckily, my Mama was backstage with me. My Dada was in the audience ready to cheer me on, but I knew he was there in my heart to guide me.
I am also thankful for my awesome grandparents, which are a very big part of my life. For example: When I am sick, Gin and Kenny are always there to take care of me. When my parents go to a party, they always keep me, and we have way more fun than my parents.
I am thankful for my cheerful and comfortable home which could have burned down when our water heater shorted out. I am thankful for my school, Poplar Springs Elementary. My nice and kind teachers help me learn and make good grades.
I am thankful for my fluffy and humongous cats, Tee Dee and Callieo, because they make my life fuller and richer. Every night they watch over me as I sleep and they make each day an adventure. For example: Sometimes my cats hide and it is an adventure to find their clever hiding places.
The most important thing I am thankful for this year is God. God gave me all the things I am thankful for, and he made me who I am today. That is what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.
Virginia Sherrod White, age 10
I am thankful to have had two loving parents who were always friendly, firm, fair and loving who provided for six children and believed in education, sharing with family and others, respect for yourself and others.
I am thankful for my lovely wife, Ann Markham, for 39 years with two sons, Keith and Kenneth, two grandchildren, Keith Jr. and Kevin, who are doing well in school and having fun as teenager and pre-teenager.
I am thankful that my oldest son, Keith, has worked as a computer analyst for Caterpillar in Peoria, Ill., for 20 years and married for 18. My youngest son, Kenneth Dustin just opened his Law firm in Meridian and is getting off to a good start. I am thankful for Bill Ready, Sr. who gave him an opportunity to practice law before going out on his own.
I am thankful for a church, First Union Baptist Church, to continue spiritual growth and fellowship with people that have helped to raise my boys, to live in a safe neighborhood with friendly people and about 80 percent retired. Reasonable good family health, retirement and enough income to spend, save and share. To have worked for Meridian Public Schools as a teacher and administrator and my wife as an office professional.
Both of my parents are deceased, but I am thankful to have had my dad for 52 years and my mom for 59 years. I have a sister, three brothers and the opportunity to share memories of good, bad and sad times. I am blessed and thankful for life.
Robert M. Markham, Meridian
Cancer is a word that no one wants to hear. In February of this year I found a lump in my right breast. After doctor appointments, tests, biopsy, it was confirmed to be cancer. Surgery was performed then came more appointments for chemotherapy.
After 2 rounds of chemo I had to have radiation. On Wednesday of this week I will take my last radiation treatment. I want to thank God first of all, and the many friends and family members who held me up by their prayers. Only through these answered prayers I am able to say "I am cancer free."
Molly Daugherty, Stonewall
I am thankful for the death,burial and resurrection of my Lord and savior Jesus Christ because if He had not endured the suffering for my sins I would not be able to look forward to everlasting life with Him. There would be no salvation.
I am thankful to be living in this time period because I can see my children and grandchildren be who God wants them to be. I'm thankful for a good husband and pastor who really has compassion for the lost. I'm thankful for our beautiful city, a comfortable home and a good job.
I'm thankful to be able to give to others in need because I came from a place of neediness and others reached out to me along the way. May God continue to bless our city and those who work to keep us safe.
Happy Thanksgiving Meridian!
I am thankful for my family and friends and having fun with my friends and family too.
Maltnda Mason, Quitman
I am thankful for wonderful memories of my family and memories of Thanksgiving days we had together. These precious times will be forever a part of me.
I am thankful for my church and the opportunities to serve there. I am thankful for wonderful Christian friends that bless, love and encourage me and hold me accountable.
I am thankful for my grandchildren, Ruthie and Lucas, who are such a blessing to be with. I love them so much and can't imagine life without them.
Gerald Roberson, Meridian
My name is Gran, Gran Juanita. I live in Meridian. I am a grandma and great grandma who has three daughters, nine grandchildren and nine gran, gran; 10 adoptive gran, gran — not by law, but by keeping them. I tend to them while their parents are at work.
I am very thankful for my health and strength to be part of their lives to do my part in the way the Lord has blessed me. I am thankful for my 12 sisters, brother and me. We are all well and doing good with the help our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. I am also thankful for all the organizations I help over the years, giving time, money and prayer that I pray for every night and day.
I am thankful for you for letting us be thankful for loving everyone and hope the world will be better for everyone in 2013.
Juanita Davis, Meridian
I am thankful that God gave his son to die on the cross to save us from our sins. I am thankful that I live in a country where we still have freedom of speech and worship.
I am thankful for my family and for my friends. I am thankful for my church and my Sunday school class. We all have a lot to be thankful for. Too much to name.
Margaret Gressett, Meridian
The blessings that I have received during my life are too many to list for I have truly been bountifully blessed.
I am most thankful for life, a loving family and friends. Especially, for my husband of 36 years; he has always put his family first and he gives his love and support to his family selflessly.
He is our family's rock. We know that no matter what; we can depend on him. I am, also truly thankful for an enduring faith that has sustained me and my family through many very extreme physical and emotional trials.
This year has brought about even more reasons to give thanks for undeserved blessings. My brother-in-law was on life support and was not expected to live, but today he is a walking and talking miracle. There are also other family members who have been blessed with health after serious medical problems.
After much hard work, surviving a major health scare while in graduate school out-of-state that caused hospitalization and surgery that ended with placement in ICU, our son received his PhD in neuroscience and is now conducting research on diabetes.
For these and other blessings, I am truly thankful.
Thanksgiving is a time set aside to give thanks once a year, but I give thanks every day for all of the many blessings that have been bestowed on me and my family. Thanks be to God for all He has done.
Martha L. Walker, Meridian
This year Thanksgiving will be very special. My husband passed away Oct. 22, 2012. In August 2011, I moved to North Carolina. My son lives there.
I was there a year and three months and did not like it. It was not my hometown of Meridian.
People badmouth Meridian all the time. Well, to me, there's no place like home, like Dorothy in the "Wizard of Oz" said.
So this Thanksgiving, I will be here in Meridian where I belong.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
First of all, I am thankful for my family who has been my pride and joy.
Secondly, is the place I live, the Aldersgate Retirement Community.
Basically, Aldersgate is a community of Christians who enjoy a variety of Christian-based activities. Among our many activities is our Monday afternoon prayer group ministry in which we pray for ourselves and for others beyond Aldersgate.
We have exercise for our physical bodies and spiritual lessons for our souls. We love and uphold each other in this place we call home … goodness gracious, what a great place to live!
First I want to thank God.
I am very thankful just for being here.
I am thankful for my family and their families.
I am thankful that we all are fine.
I am thankful for my mother, and that she is doing fine, especially during the time of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.
God is good. I am thankful for him for taking care of everyone; there may not be a lot of material things, but I am thankful just to be here.
I am so thankful, not just for Thanksgiving, but every day.
I know I can’t thank God enough for all his blessings. I have so much to be thankful for, I cannot name them all.
I just want to say I am so thankful, thankful just to be here. The most important thing I am thankful for is to have God in my life, I am so thankful for him.
Katie Cole, DeKalb
I’m thankful for the precious care my Heavenly Father has provided me since my husband passed away in September.
I'm thankful for my family, to wake up every morning and to have shelter and clothes on my back.
I am thankful for God's amazing grace.Thankful He gives us opportunities to follow in His footsteps and serve others. Thankful He made a way when there was no way to be saved from our sins and to be forgiven.
I am so very thankful for my son and grandchildren for looking into their eyes I truly see the face of God.
Brenda Jefcoat, Meridian
Once again it is that time of the year that The Meridian Star asks us to write about "What you are thankful for."
I got out and read over what I have written about in the past. Most of the articles are about the same — my love for my children, their kindness to me.
Never a day goes by that they don't all three call and check on me.
I sat down in my recliner and was thinking about what a rough year I have had health-wise. Then I think how wonderful it is to come through all of this, still living in my own home and having my family and friends visit me.
I can go to my kitchen — not to cook a big meal the way I used to be able to do, but I can do a little. I cannot clean my house, but I still live in it and have help with my cleaning.
I can take my walker and move around the yard a little and feel the sunshine on my face and watch the cars pass by.
Some days when my knees are not hurting too badly I can even drive my car a little.
All of this and in the next year I will be 90 years of age.
I am still most thankful for my children and their spouses who are so good to me and I love very much; for my wonderful church life and all my good friends — all of the above is still true.
But I am most thankful for a privilege given to me that so many are denied — and that is the privilege God has given me of growing old. I have had a long and blessed life and have many happy memories. Again, I thank God for giving me the ability to remember those happy memories.
Eunice Marnell McDill, Meridian