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“A Different Kind of Thanksgiving”
What is your Thanksgiving normally like?  Do you usually travel great distances to spend the holiday with family?  Do you, perhaps, welcome everyone into your home?  Would there normally be great portions of food, followed by a rekindling of relationships?
In the 69 years I have been on this earth Thanksgiving has always been about food and family (not necessarily in that order).  We drive excessively, eat excessively, laugh excessively, and when it’s all over we moan excessively.  That’s what Thanksgiving is all about, right?
But this year many families are having to deal with the difficult question of what to do about Thanksgiving.  Do we gather in mass numbers?  Do we risk a family “super-spreader” event?  How do we celebrate this “family friendly” holiday in a “covid-unfriendly” world?
Experts suggest outdoor gatherings (provided the weather will cooperate); virtual get-togethers (if your internet connection is strong enough); or even canceling Thanksgiving all together (perish the thought).  Yes, 2020 may be the year when Thanksgiving is celebrated differently than all the Thanksgivings before.
I am reminded, however, of the true purpose of this special day.  It’s not about the food, or the people you eat it with, or even the traditional ways we celebrate Thanksgiving.  It really is about, dare I say it, GIVING THANKS!
Historians tell us that in the years following that very first Thanksgiving our Pilgrim ancestors would begin the Thanksgiving meal by placing 5 grains of corn on each plate at the table.  When the children would ask about the grains of corn their parents would tell them that when the first settlers came to this country times were so tough that each person was allotted 5 grains of corn per day, and yet they were thankful.
This Thanksgiving may be different… family traditions may be altered… gatherings may be smaller… but we can be thankful none the less.  A heart that’s filled with Thanksgiving will always find a way to be thankful!

“And let the peace of God rule in your heart, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”
Colossians 3:15

 

 

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