Friday, November 20, 2009


At this time of the year, there is so much food for festivities in the grocery stores and it seems to be sprouting from cracks in the walls, floors, ceiling. It's everywhere! It's everywhere! With Thanksgiving a week away and Christmas right around the corner, whatever your heart (or gastric system) should ever desire is probably within the four walls of the grocery store down the street.

Today I went to the store to get my Thanksgiving turkey and other things so good, and it struck me at the absolute abundance of every imaginable taste treat. The good and simple food of sweet potatoes and collards. The Little Debbie Christmas cakes. The richness of nuts, candied fruit, marshmallows, brown sugar, white sugar, exotic meats, and exotic fruits and veggies. The beauty of flowering plants you see only at this time of the year. The specialty coffees and creams. You name it, you can probably find it.

And are we thankful? Oh we might say a "Thanksgiving Blessing" as we gather together and form a circle by holding hands prior to partaking of our blessed Thanksgiving feast replete with turkey, ham, duck, turducken, venison, etc. Specialty vegetable dishes and desserts. Bowls of down-home collards, taters, rice, gravy, biscuits. But are we really thankful?

Do we pause and really say "Thank you, dear Lord and Father of all, for this Your provision to us so abundantly laid before us. Thank you for those who have grown and harvested this food and those who have brought it to market for us. Thank you for those who have prepared it to be eaten. Thank you for the strength to labor so we can earn our livelihood to pay for it and for the strength to prepare it to be eaten."

So I am thankful for abundance. And I pray that I will continue to appreciate with a thankful heart what the Lord has so abundantly provided for me.

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