November 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
The pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving was a compelling response to God’s provision in surviving the harsh conditions of life in a new land. Do we ever give thanks for survival today? I don’t. I spend far more time worrying about overeating than starving from malnutrition. How very western of me. The poorest five percent of Americans today are wealthier than nearly 70 percent of the world’s population.*
I have friends in a third world country who begin each day with a prayer of thanks to God for safeguarding them through the night from disease, predators and their own government forces. Many of us take security, freedom and comfort for granted, even if it’s not our intent. I’ve never feared being terrorized by a secret police force. My country doesn’t have one. We have much for which to be grateful.
During this special week, we at Quest Group would like to express our thanks for:
• The love of our God despite our shortcomings
• Families who love us and are a blessing to us
• Freedom from tyranny and the men and women in uniform who defend that
• A government which, despite its flaws, is still the strongest democracy on Earth
• Food, health and shelter
• The privilege of working in an environment of friends
• Our clients and their loyalty to us. We will continue to be your best cheerleaders and promoters.
Have a happy, intentional Thanksgiving!
– Kathy Kenne, Partner
* The Haves and Have Nots by Branko Milanovic
November 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
As part of a trip to New York celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, Becky and I visited the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero. Even though we didn’t know any of those lost, seeing all those names and remembering that terrible day was truly a moving experience.
As we were looking at the names we noticed a group gathered around some important visitor. This VIP turned out to be General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. We watched as a guide pointed out the features of the memorial and as Dempsey posed with a group of servicemen who were also visiting the memorial.
As I stood at this memorial to the innocent lives lost, I was struck by the fact that this wouldn’t be possible without our Armed Forces. Most of us live our lives much as we did before 9/11 because of the courage and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform.
This Veterans Day, Quest Group remembers those who willingly put themselves in harm’s way for all of us and offers a sincere and humble thanks.