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If we were to review the year, there’s a lot to be negative about. There’s an ongoing pandemic that is sickening family members and putting cities in lockdowns and restrictions. There’s the aftermath of racial tension and riots that have us beckoning for not only healing but understanding for the complexity of issues that we may not understand. There’s political chaos and uncertainty as America prepares to usher in a new administration.
But—as crazy as it may seem—I’m thankful for all the chaos and crises that have occurred this year. In the season of Thanksgiving, I remember that we shouldn’t be grateful only for the blessings but for also the discomfort and disarray. Because of this, it matures one to be ready to receive the blessings.
So allow me to put it like this:
All of us have various things to be thankful for. Sure—there’s the awkwardness of COVID-19 limitations that may make Thanksgiving dinner a little strained this year, but through it all, we are a blessed people. We must never forget this.
Demetrius Minor is a minister, author, and political commentator. He is a former radio talk show host and television personality. He is also a member of the Project 21 advisory board of black conservative leaders across the United States. He and his wife, Riesa, serve on the leadership staff at Tampa Life Church in Tampa, FL.