Giving Thanks in All Things

October 30, 2016

The Thanksgiving holiday is a great time for families to gather together to feast and enjoy being with one another. It is a time to give thanks to our heavenly Father for all the wonderful blessings that He has given to us throughout our lifetime.

Thanksgiving Day is a National holiday celebrated in Canada and in the United States. In many homes around the world, the Thanksgiving holiday celebration often makes its grand entrance with what some would call “The Biggest Feast of them All.” That famous bird better known as the turkey has been the center of attention in many homes across the globe for Thanksgiving. Per the National Turkey Federation, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird, whether roasted, baked, or deep fried on Thanksgiving. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 when the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. Their feast consisted of lobster, chestnuts, carrots, onions, leeks, dried fruits, cabbage, chicken, rabbit, honey, maple syrup and other items. No matter what foods will be on each families table, it will still be a special feast and a time to be thankful.

As the Thanksgiving holiday draws near, let us all take a moment to reflect on the positive aspects of our lives and how blessed we are to be a child of the King, who is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is also a time to pray for those who are less fortunate than we are and for those who have not given their lives to Christ. We all have something to be thankful for. I hope and pray that this Thanksgiving will be a very special time for you and your family. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

written by Cheryl Clay