Sharing thanks

During this Thanksgiving season, some of Texas County’s leaders share with Herald readers what they’re thankful for at the present time.

Linda Garrett, Texas County associate commissioner: “I am thankful for God and His continued blessings. I am thankful for all who have fought and died to protect our freedoms in this country. Next to God’s love, I am thankful for the love I receive from family and friends.”

Don Tottingham, Houston mayor: “I have been extremely fortunate to live my life in a country where food is plentiful and affordable, where my education, career, and travel opportunities have been limited only by myself, and where I can freely worship God without restrictions. I am thankful for the dedication of the citizens throughout our history, who worked and sacrificed to make this a great place to live and raise our families. This community has always been a place where family values are important, where neighbors help neighbors, and where people recognize the needs of others and respond through the churches and charities to meet those needs.

I am thankful to have the opportunity to live and participate in this community and hopefully as we work together it will be even better in the future.”

Jim McNiell, Houston Police Chief: “As I reflect on what Thanksgiving means to me, I give thanks to God for a loving wife, my two children, a wonderful daughter-in-law and son-in-law and two beautiful grandchildren. I’m also thankful for a wonderful church family and for my Savior who died on the cross at Calvary for my sins. I also give thanks to the great people I work with at the City of Houston. I’m also thankful for those in our armed services who faithfully serve and protect our great country.”

Ed Edington, pastor, Bucyrus Baptist church and president of the Houston Area Ministerial Alliance: “I am thankful to God for so many things, family, friends, many blessings from Him, home and country. However, I am most thankful for the love of my God, who gave His only precious Son to die as the ultimate sacrifice for this unworthy servant so that I might have eternal life to spend in the presence of the one who created me, who sustains me, and fills me with His Spirit. This Spirit that guides me, protects me, and provides me with a peace and understanding that goes beyond any thing this world can give or understand. He mystifies and confounds all those that don’t personally know Him. He’s unexplainable to those that don’t serve Him. If I had nothing else but the relationship with my God, in this world, I would and could only be thankful for His love.”

Jackie Smith, administrator, Texas County Health Department: “I’m thankful for family, friends, and being able to live and work near where I was born and raised – where the sense of community pride remains strong, and people really do care about each other.”

Sheila Walker, Office Associate/Community Involvement Coordinator, Walmart Supercenter, Houston: “I am thankful for my salvation. Being so blessed with a great husband, amazing children, wonderful son-in-law, best mom in the world, great sister and brother, grandchildren Ella and Landon whom I love, love, love. So many wonderful extended family members, true friends, a great place to work with fun co-workers who are just like one big happy family. I am very thankful for being able to spend my life in Houston, Missouri. It’s a great place to grow up, raise your family, and enjoy life to it’s fullest.”

Dan Vandiver, Houston schools superintendent: “I am thankful for my kids.”

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