Letter to the Editor

Penny Smith: Reader thankful for those who receive little thanks

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dear Editor:

In the Christmas season, we often think of those throughout the year who have blessed our lives by their thoughtful actions -- some by a special action, or many because they merely doe their jobs daily with excellence.

It is to these folks I wish to speak.

The Bible says, "Whosoever be great among you, let him be your attendant. And he who shall be chief among you, let him be your servant (Matthew 5:26, 27)."

The Bible places high praise for those who minister to others and attend to their needs. We think about doctors, nurses, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, teachers, waiters, waitresses, store clerks, city clerks and operators.

And, how about those unsung heroes who came out during ice, who, floods or water main breaks? Or, those who manicure our parks, clean our public pools or paint and repair our streets? Or, those behind the scenes who ensure our water lift stations are running and we have safe, clean water to drink? The list is endless.

We who live in small rural towns, such as Monett, Pierce City, Purdy, Sarcoxie and Wentworth, are blessed indeed to have folks who diligently do their jobs and often times go above and beyond at all hours for small pay and rare thanks.

Dear civil servants, please know that we, as a community, are grateful and appreciate your efforts on our behalf.

Merry Christmas,

Penny Smith

Pierce City