Turkey, Chicken, Ham or Lamb?
We would agree that you can celebrate Thanksgiving by eating any of these meats or even just vegetables. My wife shocked the family last year when she announced she would be making dressing with rotissirie chicken, which was delicious by the way and we are expecting an encore this week! Some families have to have turkey for the day, others are just happy to see the meal and have enough to share with others. Change is hard, interesting and can even be good. This will be our first Thanksgiving without our daughter. She and her husband now live in Missouri where he is in officer training with the US Army. I don't like it yet I am happy that she is happy and has made new friends there to share a feast with. Change is hard and can be good. I am sure the pilgrims were happy to have any meat and bread on their table. The first year in America had been difficult and they were scratching out an existence. By the second year, life and crops were better and they had a humble feast.
In worship this time of year, we sing "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come." That's a good way to come to our tables this week, thankful for what the Lord has provided. A thankful heart gives way to acts of thankfulness. I recently read of a man who took cangoods to the local Food Bank as an active way of showing his thankfulness. He said it was not enough for him to just say thanks. He had to live it in a real and tangible way. Will we say thanks this week for our blessings? And will we take the next step and act on that gratitude in concrete ways?