Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Blessings - Five Grains of Pilgrim Corn

 
Dearest and lovely creatures, both great and small!

Before I get to the important part of this post, I want to inform my readers that I am participating in one more Christmas craft fair this coming Saturday, November 25th, at Milton Hall, from 9:30 to 3:30. Admittance to the fair is $2. If you are in the area, please stop by and see my booth and what lovely wares I have! My Etsy shop will be put on "vacation mode" during Saturday. And instead of posting photos from last Saturday's fair, I'll wait until next week to post photos of both craft fairs.
 Okay....and now for the blessings we need to be thankful for...


However you celebrate Thanksgiving Day - whether it's with family and friends, many or few, sharing a bountiful table, or a table for two, may I suggest you pause for several moments before a time of prayer and grace, and reflect on the blessings the LORD has bestowed on you and your loved ones (if this is not your usual practice).

Several years ago, Bill and I would drive up to the eastern side of the island every other Thursday morning to assist our Canadian friends, Bart and Lynne, with a Manor Sing (at the local nursing home in Souris). I would play the piano and Bill and Bart would, in turn, lead the singing of the hymns with a number of the manor residents singing along or listening. After the hymn sing - which lasted about a half hour, we would go to their home and enjoy a delicious lunch and Christian fellowship.

One year, Manor Sing coincided with American Thanksgiving and Lynne provided a wonderful feast for us. A special tribute in honor of our American holiday was the story of the grains of Pilgrim corn.  A story I had never heard before (unfortunately), but she had discovered it while homeschooling her children some years ago. Just think - Canadians learning about American history!

Born and bred in Massachusetts made the Thanksgiving story extra special for me that day. At each plate were three kernels of corn. Lynne briefly told the story of the Pilgrim corn. While picking up a corn kernel and placing it towards the center of the table, we each took a turn and relayed three blessings we were thankful for.

As our family members reside far from us in our home country, we are celebrating American Thanksgiving just the same, sharing our bounty, blessings, and friendship with a neighbor and his teenage daughter. Saying "grace" and thanking the LORD for his goodness to us on this special day doesn't seem enough. Perhaps the inclusion of this "remembrance ritual" to our mealtime will imprint the blessings into our minds and hearts longer than it takes to savor the delights on the table. 

The story I found today online was slightly different and it involved five grains of corn. And that's what I'll share with you today in a nutshell. Here's the link to the "Daily Ration Turned Remembrance: Five Grains of Pilgrim Corn." There you can find a more in-depth explanation.

First grain - reminds us that the earth is still good to bring forth bountiful harvests...
Second grain - the Indians who befriended the Pilgrims and provided them with corn and squash...
Third grain - the courage and endurance to do great things...
Fourth grain - the Pilgrims came to the new world for freedom of conscience and religion...
Fifth grain - our love and faith in Christ and the preservation of Christian civilization...

What does Thanksgiving really mean?

“Be careful that you don’t forget the Lord your God by failing to keep his commands,
ordinances, and statutes that I am giving you today. When you eat and are full,
and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large,
and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases,
be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God
who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery.
  Deuteronomy 8:11-14

Are we thinking about God and his goodness only on Sundays or holidays? Do we just rely on our talents, abilities, wit, and wisdom to live each day and provide for our families? Is our Christian faith only good for church or is it to be a full-time, every day experience where every breath we inhale and every decision and task we undertake are completely and fully directed by the will of God?

Blessings can be counted in many different ways. We receive blessings from others and we can give blessings to others by expressing our faith and love in friendship - in how we relate to each other - in words and in deeds. You have friends that have needs. Seek out how you can be a blessing to others. Don't be afraid to ask them -  be an encouragement to them. 

And don't forget to thank the LORD for his mercies and His many loving kindnesses. 

 HAVE A GREAT THANKSGIVING!
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4 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post Linda, sharing about the goodness of the Lord, and how Thanksgiving came to be here in the USA. Your Thanksgiving table is gorgeous, I love the rose dishes! How wonderful that you still celebrate the American Thanksgiving while living in Canada. I enjoyed your stories of singing in the Manor, and learning a new piece of history with your friend Lynne. I hope you have a wonderful day at the craft fair! Many blessings to you today :)

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    1. Thanks, Marilyn! We had a very nice time with our neighbors at our dinner table yesterday. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well. :-)

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  2. Surely the goodness of the Lord comes in many ways. Glad you could enjoy time with friends!

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