A Variety of Thanks

We Canadians are at the time of year that we take a moment to reflect on being thankful. If you think about it, we have so much to be thankful for, or another way to say that is “we have a variety of thanks.” My wife and I just returned from our DR trip out east into Ontario, and we saw lots of variety that we were truly thankful for. The different types of trees were changing various colors. We saw a variety of reds, oranges, yellows and greens, with all of them blending in to make a beautiful canvas for our eyes.

Then there was the variety of landscapes as we drove from flat farming areas to rolling hills, with lots of trees, and winding roads. You know the post card kind of pictures that we send to people. We were in awe, and thankful that we could enjoy that kind of experience. Then there were waterfalls. There truly was a variety of different types of waterfalls. Some were small only a few meters high with not too much spray or water going over the rocks. Then there were more majestic ones with higher height and more volume. Then of course Ontario is known for Niagara Falls which is a beautiful horseshoe shaped falls that has both height and volume of water. There is quite the variety of waterfalls, and we were thankful for the ones we got to see.

Then there is the variety of people that we met. Some older, some mid-aged and even some that cried and had diapers. We were thankful for meeting these wonderful people in different stages of life or could I say, they were in a different variety of life. We had a variety of foods along the way. We had a variety of meals such as pizza, Chinese food, good ole meat and potatoes, we had Korean, and soup and sandwiches. I was thankful that we had that variety of meals because you can get tired of eating the same things all the time. My teenage son would disagree about that as he thinks pizza is an anytime food.

When it comes to Thanksgiving, we truly have a variety of things that we can be thankful for.  But as I think about that more, the one thing that I am thankful for in this year is the fact that our Heavenly Father loves variety. It was evident in our trip out east. He loves you and He loves me, that in itself is a variety, and we should be thankful for that as well.

by Gary Semenyna,
District Representative for BC and Eastern Canada

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