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GUEST COLUMN

Thankful thinking

It's a month until Thanksgiving. I think we in Sunnyside have much to think about and much for which to be thankful.

Look around us. This is a beautiful and bountiful part of God's creation. We have had a very productive growing season and a wonderfully colorful autumn. We live in a place we can see the sunrises and sunsets. The birds greet us each morning, the snow-capped mountains guard our horizons, our air is clean and fresh.

Even more important are the people around us. Beside us every day are the needed...the teachers, the policemen, the firemen, the pastors, the doctors and nurses and others in service positions. There are so many who care for us who are seldom given a thank you.

Moms and dads are the most important people of all. They are the ones who make the families work, who give little children what they need to grow into people who care. They are the heroes who inspire those students, servers and soldiers.

Sunnyside is really fortunate, I think. In addition to our natural bounty, we have a huge group of people praying for our city. Transformation Sunnyside is infiltrating and surrounding us all with prayer. Dads and moms need that. Students need that. It doesn't matter if we're red, yellow, black, or white on the outside, the insides of us all need the help of the power of prayer.

So if we want to be part of the solution to any of the problems we find here, I suggest we get to praying with the rest of the group. Watch for information on the special meetings Nov. 3 and 4 with Ed Silvoso. He will teach us how to disciple our city, how each of us can make a difference here.

The city will feel it. I suspect our hearts will feel it, too.

Jerri Honeyford is a long-time Sunnyside resident, former president of the Yakima County Farm Bureau and wife of Sen. Jim Honeyford.

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