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With Thanksgiving just a few days away, and the stay-at-home order in place, just how does one celebrate?  Will you miss the traditional foods of the day?  Or might it be the people with whom you normally gather?  Or...

 

Thanksgiving is NOT a religious holiday, though we treat it as such.  It is an historical nod to the beginnings of our nation when many people went hungry or died because of the lack of supplies needed to carry them through the winter.  It was out of the profound values of human decency, preservation of life, and community that the people native to this land shared their resources to assist those in great need.  We are here today because of them, native Americans, the first peoples of this nation.

 

Have you ever heard of the tradition of five kernels. The Thanksgiving kernel tradition dates back to the year 1621 when the Pilgrims endured one of the harshest winters. The people were cold and starving due to a lack of resources. According to tradition, the people were so hungry that at one point, they were given only five kernels of corn on their plates! 

 

Later a ship came in, and they were able to trade fur pelts for corn. Placing five kernels of corn on the Thanksgiving dinner plate is a way to remember God's past goodness during a hard time.

 

As we go through our own hard times due to this pandemic, the economics around the pandemic, and the nearness to starvation for attention we feel in our souls, we too must be reminded that God’s past goodness will again show itself, if it hasn’t already. God’s presence is with us and God still provides.

 

Even if you find yourself alone on Thanksgiving day, know that there are at least 4 of you gathered - you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  

God is with you my friends.

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