FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
““Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward He did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full, Jesus told His disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barely loaves. When the people saw Him do this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, He is the Prophet we have been expecting!” When Jesus saw that they were ready to force Him to be their King, He slipped away into the hills by Himself.” John 6:10-15
“In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.” Quote from internet source “History.”
I like Thanksgiving Day very much. Such a special day takes me on a stroll down Memory Lane of the times we would feed the cows and then head on over to Grandpa and Grandmas for Thanksgiving dinner. The sights and smells of roasting turkey, steaming mashed potatoes, hot gravy, lefse, green beans, dinner rolls, pumpkin and apple pies were the makings for a great day. Thanksgiving today gives me an opportunity not to feed cattle but to feed people. Our congregations come together on Thanksgiving Day to have God feed your hungry souls, a nourishing and tasty meal. Please consider God’s invitation to His table, “Taste and see that the Lord is good… (Psalm 34:8.)”
In the above Scripture passage I noticed the source of our stopping to give thanks before we dig in to the roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. Jesus is surrounded by 5000 men plus women and children. Jesus takes the food that is available and look what He does, “…Jesus…gave thanks to God.” This thought should give us something to chew on for many Thanksgivings to come; Jesus, true man and true God giving thanks to God, for the food.
Jesus was very pleased to make sure that all the people, “…ate all they wanted.” John records for us that they even had left overs to snack on for later. Besides being full the people also had their hearts stirred with expectation of the Messiah. This Thanksgiving Day 2017 let us again lift our eyes and hearts toward heaven and give thanks for our food, eat all you want, save the leftovers and be filled with a fresh expectation of Jesus our King.