Thanksgiving is a great time for us to pause to give thanks for all the gifts received this past year. Each year the gifts for which we are thankful for seem to change, sometimes dramatically; such is the case for me this past year.

It was a life-changing year for me! After about seven years of dealing with chronic pain, the Mayo Clinic came to terms with a probable cause. Their solution was major, invasive surgery that definitely identified the source of pain. Not withstanding multiple complications, I’m now feeling the best I can ever remember.

More importantly, I met people that were such a big part of this life saving experience. They will be forever remembered for their contribution to my life. I found that the medical profession is a lot more about people than it is about medicine and needles.

You also find out who your friends are, which enforces your real relationships. There are those that give, those that take, and those that just don’t give a damn.

My faith was challenged like it had never before been tested. Until you’ve laid it all on the line, Christianity is often nothing more than empty conversation. Such was never the case in my life, but until you come this close to God, you’ll never come to know, first hand, the source of your strength.

There’s also that assumed kind of thanks, that takes your family for granted. There’s a renewed kind of appreciation when you look up and see them all at your side. The kind of love and sacrifice they made for me is incomparable to any other experience I will ever face here on earth. My wife has worked tirelessly with nursing care and rehabilitation. How do I ever repay this kind of self-less love?

The thank-you list could probably go on and on, but there is also that source of passion that is more than just a “right of passage”. Five Star Publishing, Inc. and I have enjoyed a relationship with “The Knightro Report” that goes as far back as the origin of the Farm and Livestock Directories. Thank-you for this opportunity, as it has been the source of life’s great achievements.

Thanksgiving is more than just turkey and dressing. It is that one time of the year that allows us to re-focus and re-evaluate our priorities.


For it is written — Colossians  1:7 “Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, a bonding in it with Thanksgiving.”

“PONY TALES by” Ponty is written by Ken E. Knight, the author of the “Knightro Report”, a nationally syndicated livestock-marketing column, which is featured in the “Farm And Livestock Directory” every month.

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