American cartoonist and creator of The Far Side, Gary Larson, once published a cartoon featuring what looked like an ice cream truck but was actually a liver and onions truck with two neighborhood children hiding from it around the corner of the house. Lately, people have been posting the cartoon on social media with the tagline “. . . if 2020 was an ice cream truck.”
Think about it. This year our world has experienced a deadly global pandemic, social unrest, a highly contentious election in the U.S., Australian bushfires, widespread flooding, wildfires in California, a stock market crash, an explosion in Beirut, locust swarms, and “murder” hornets…and the year isn’t even over.
Our local community hasn’t been immune from a difficult year either. An EF-1 tornado touched down in Spartanburg in February. There have been 271 deaths from COVID-19 in Spartanburg County since March 1. Area restaurants and small businesses are struggling or have had to close their doors, and many people have lost their jobs. Some people in the Upstate even felt the aftershocks of a 5.1 North Carolina earthquake in August.
Why—better yet, how—do we give thanks during a year that has been so hard, so difficult, so deadly for so many? Once you make the decision to choose gratitude over sadness—to notice things to be grateful for instead of things to be resentful of—it gets easier. Although many of us may not be able to gather together this year as we have in years past, we are here because God is good, and His love endures forever. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
On behalf of the law firm of Harrison White, P.C., thank you. Thank you for trusting your personal situations and your lives to our attorneys and staff. Thank you for allowing us to do the work we love—work that enables us to find justice for others—in the Upstate community that we call home. And even during this liver and onions kind of year, let us sing to the Lord. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Blog post by John B. White Jr. Click here to learn more about John.
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