We live in a world wounded by profound and ever-growing confusion and injustice. Often, it seems conservative, God-fearing Americans are waging a cultural and spiritual battle defined by occasional victories which are quickly overshadowed by the long, steady retreat.

But retreat is not the same as surrender, which we can never do. We regroup, reorganize and return, again and again to the fray.

Our lives and this world were created for a high and noble purpose, and we must always embrace the profound and uncompromising duty to honor, defend and celebrate that which is objectively good, true and beautiful.

This work begins in our families and works its way out into our houses of worship, our neighborhoods, townships and beyond.

We are not called to create the world, reimagine reality or overcome the natural order, but to see ourselves as the beneficiaries and undying stewards of an immeasurable gift.

For this – come what may – we give thanks to God.

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Why give thanks?

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Joe McElroy says:

    Amen amen

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    Thanks for your profound words! During Thanksgiving one should reflect. Thank GOD, for all you have. Even the homeless are thankful. Ask someone. If you look deep inside yourself no matter how bad you think you have it you have a lot to be thankful for. HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all.

  • Linda Ann Combs says:

    As it has over the past two decades or so, your words, your insight and your Christian center in your sharing with the rest of us has touched me as the hours countdown to Thanksgiving Day. And the fact that you and Jake continue to bring to us a journalistic endeavor that is so needed in these days is most definably on my list of what I am thankful for this year.
    May you and Jake and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.