Let us all focus in on the TRUE meaning of Thanksgiving. It is not about football, drinking booze and eating, or celebrating self. It is all about being thankful to God Almighty for your life and provisions.
I so much love the ministry of ‘Got Questions.’ This explanation from this wonderful ministry about Thanksgiving is point on! Can you even imagine having just five kernels of corn to eat. There are people all over America that are down to just that here in 2023. What if it was you? Can you be more thankful to God? Will you help the hungry on a daily basis?
From Got Questions:
The original thanksgiving celebration was held by the Pilgrim settlers in Massachusetts during their second winter in America in December, 1621. The first winter had killed 44 of the original 102 colonists. At one point their daily food ration was down to five kernels of corn apiece, but then an unexpected trading vessel arrived, swapping them beaver pelts for grain, providing for their severe need. The next summer’s crop brought hope, and Governor William Bradford decreed that December 13, 1621, be set aside as a day of feasting and prayer to show the gratitude of the colonists that they were still alive.
These Pilgrims, seeking religious freedom and opportunity in America, gave thanks to God for His provision for them in helping them find 20 acres of cleared land, for the fact that there were no hostile Native Americans in that area, for their newfound religious freedom, and for God’s provision of an interpreter to the Native Americans in Squanto. Along with the feasting and games involving the colonists and more than 80 Native Americans (who added to the feast by bringing wild turkeys and venison), prayers, sermons, and songs of praise were important in the celebration. Three days were spent in feasting and prayer. More Here
I read this message by Kathy Farris in the Christian Post. I wanted to share it with you how she celebrates Thanksgiving. Families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. For Some it is like putting a puzzle together, like Kathy. I love her message of love. We all are to try our best in sharing the love of JESUS to all. Kathy gives us much to think and pray about.
By Karen Farris, Op-ed contributor
Thanksgiving is the annual opportunity to gather with family and friends. Food. Football. Fun. But before the day comes, may I suggest a pause to ponder those who are coming? Everyone brings something in their heart and mind to the dinner table.
I remember the feeling.
As a teen, I was anorexic. Thanksgiving meant people staring at my plate — or so I thought. It meant wondering what, if anything, I could eat. My mind wasn’t healthy, and neither was my body. Yet, there I was sitting at the table. More Here