TERRA BELLA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Thanksgiving is our opportunity to give God thanks for His provisions over the last year.
In the Book of Deuteronomy 8:13-18, we find God’s message for giving thanks.
“When your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase, and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud, and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that, in the end, it might go well with you. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.”
Thanksgiving is also a time for us to remember those early pioneers of the Plymouth Rock settlement. We remember them by sharing in a turkey dinner which tradition tells us was provided by Native Americans after the colony survived an especially harsh winter.
Having tried ONCE to prepare a turkey dinner, I discovered new respect for my mother and sisters who could do it so well. Then recently I read an article that made me feel a bit better personally. It was written by some employees of the Butter Ball Turkey company whose telephone operators addressed questions from customers. It included some of the problems that people had with cooking turkeys.
A newlywed was cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the first time because her mother-in-law said it was about time. The newlywed wanted to know why her turkey had no breast meat. After a conversation with a Butter-Ball operator, it became apparent that the woman’s turkey was lying upside down.
Another call was from a gentleman who said he cut his turkey in half with a chain saw and wanted to know if the oil from the chain would adversely affect the flavor of the meat.
We may not all know the best way to prepare a Thanksgiving meal, but we should all know the best way to prepare our hearts.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” – 2 Tim. 2:15
May your heart and your family be blessed during this season and always,
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