Let’s be honest for a moment.

This year has not been what any of us expected or wanted when we watched that ball drop back in January.

It’s been tough.

It’s been scary.

It’s been sad.

It’s been downright weird at times.

Yet, here we are.

The funny thing about tough times is how often they put things in perspective. When routines get disrupted and we’re forced out of our comfort zones we gain a better understanding of what we really have.

This Thanksgiving will, like so much of 2020, be different. Still, I am profoundly thankful and I’m grateful in an entirely different way than perhaps I’ve ever been before.

It’s easy to make a list of material blessings, but 2020 has boiled things down to the bare essentials on a personal and spiritual level for me.

I’m thankful this year more than ever for my own little tribe – my wife and my two boys. I’m thankful that they are still who I would rather be with and spend time with more than anyone else on earth. We’ve been cooped up together more than ever this year and while I wish a lot of things about 2020 were different that’s been an unexpected blessing. I’ve gotten to know and see my children in a different light and been reminded of how certainly I married the right person.

I’m thankful for technology this year. That may sound strange, but I’m truly grateful to live in a time when we have the tools to help us be together even when we’ve had to be apart – in our churches, schools and families.

I’m thankful for a community that has refused to give in this year. Despite it all, we’ve continued to love, support and find new ways to care for each other.

At the heart of it all, I’m thankful for love. Love of family, love of brothers and sisters in Christ, love of friends and love of community.

This year has been tough, but as I sit down this Thursday at our little table with a full plate I will also be sitting there with a full heart. A wise person once said “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day”.

May we always remember to find the good and be thankful for it, even in our toughest times.

Brant Sappington is a longtime member of the Daily Corinthian news family. He currently serves as managing editor of the Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, and as assistant editor of the Corinthian.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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