Today is a national holiday, a day in which the United States stops hurrying and scurrying in order to give thanks. The roots of the holiday go back to the first immigrants, who had survived a harsh year, one of cold, starvation, and much death. With their first harvest, they paused to thank God for bringing them to a new land, a land in which they could worship without being persecuted. They celebrated by hosting a meal; tradition says the Native Americans joined them (also bringing food). We celebrate today by being with family, counting our blessings, and eating.
I am thankful for my family: my parents, my siblings, my husband, my children and grandchildren, aunts, uncles, and cousins. I appreciate for my life, my health, and my job. I am thrilled to live in a country with the freedoms that we have – freedom to worship, freedom to criticize our government and petition for change and to elect our officials frequently. I am constantly aware that my nation is very wealthy, so that even those we define as being “at poverty level” are rich by the standard of many in other countries.
And I am thankful for abundant food. We will be joining my father and stepmother for dinner today, with a gathering of friends. There will be eleven of us around the table. Since I can’t share this meal with all of my friends in the “blogosphere,” this picture and recipe come with the prayer that you, too, will stop to count your blessings, and find them to be many.
May the Lord richly bless you!