Posted by: morgan1965 | November 23, 2016

The Holy Staples of Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving tradition goes back to the 17th century.  The Thanksgiving holiday is a very special holiday whose meaning has been corrupted by secular trends. There has been a continuing failure to lift up the religious foundations of the season.

Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday observed in the United States and Canada. Its original purpose was to celebrate the bountiful harvest and other blessings of the past year. Although Thanksgiving has deep roots in our religious traditions and practices, however, we experience it today mostly as a secular holiday.

Thanksgiving Day has evolved as a time when families gather and share a scrumptious meal together. A typical Thanksgiving Day might begin with a family breakfast. Many families will attend a local high school football game or a college football game. Still other families will watch a favorite team, whether college or professional, on television. Then there is the Thanksgiving Day dinner with a delectable menu. In my family, it was always a menu that included turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and giblet gravy, sweet potatoes, collard greens, mashed turnips, and yeast rolls. Then there would be pies with sweet potato pie being the favorite. These were the stables of Thanksgiving Day dinner in my family.

To be honest, I still look forward to that kind of menu each year. Recently, I heard a sermon that caused me to ponder the question as to whether my favorite menu included the real stables of Thanksgiving.

What constitutes a genuine Thanksgiving celebration from a Christian perspective? To be sure, Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful. It is a time to review and renew our family relationships. It is the time to probe in depth our relationship with God.

So, what are the staples of Thanksgiving? For me the real staples of Thanksgiving are the blessings that God has bestowed upon me. Our lists will not necessarily be the same, but I share my list with humility.

  1. Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.
  2. The Gift of life.
  3. The gift of family – spouse, brother, sisters, children and grandchildren.
  4. A reasonable portion of good health – mind, body and soul.
  5. The freedom to be…
  6. The gift of a few “talents” and hobbies.
  7. The gift of retirement

These are some of the critical staples of Thanksgiving for me. What do you include on your list?

In this 2016 Thanksgiving Season, I am thinking about an old song, “Count Your Blessings.”

“When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,

When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.


Count your blessings, name them one by one,

Count your blessings, see what God has done!

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

Count your many blessings, see what God has done.”

(Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1897)

I am so thankful for the staples of Thanksgiving; yes, I praise God for what God has done and is doing in my life right now.

Praise the Lord!





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