Thanksgiving is really my favorite holiday. It’s a time when our families gather around a great meal and take time out of our busy lives to be thankful! I love the American roots of this special holiday. I love the God-centered reason we celebrate it. And by its very name Thanksgiving is a corporate time of acknowledging God as the giver of all things… and a time set aside to thank Him for it! Have you ever heard of the story THE 5 KERNELS OF CORN? This story is intertwined into our Thanksgiving and is a way we count our blessings…
The tradition in our home is to place 5 kernels of corn at everyone’s place at the table and recount the story that has been passed down for generations. These 5 little kernels have played a big part in our Thanksgiving story here at StoneGable!
The story goes…
On Nov. 11, 1620 the Mayflower landed on the Northern tip of Cape Cod bringing a group of people searching for religious freedom. We call them the Pilgrims.
It was not easy to settle in a new place… a new world. It was very hard and the Pilgrims suffered greatly.
Winter set in and it was cold and food was in short supply.
It is said that during the cold and harsh winter of 1621, that sometimes only 5 kernels of corn were rationed out to eat.
No matter how small something is… if we see it as a blessing, it’s huge!
We really can’t say for sure if this story is true or not, but what a reminder to count our blessings… in all things great and small!
Taking turns, we go around the table and tell everyone 5 things we are thankful for.
We usually have some very loud laughs and some sentimental tears as well. But most of all we have a whole lot of head’s nodding in blessing agreement as the warm presence of God fills us and the room!
God desires us to be a thankful people…
GIVE THANKS IN ALL THINGS FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD, IN CHRIST JESUS 1 Thessalonians 5:18
What God is saying to us in this verse is to acknowledge His grace giving to you and look at every separate part of your circumstance and find His hand of goodness, kindness, fellowship, love, help, etc. in all of it and let Him know that you see Him working in your life with grateful praise for those of us who are in a relationship with Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
All things come from God’s benevolent hand. Great and small. If we look for the blessing of God we can and will find them, even in the worst of circumstances! Yes, God is always with us and He blesses us. Sometimes we just need to look for the blessing!
So this Thanksgiving I hope you and the those around your table will find a way to give thanks to our loving, grace-giving God.
Do you have a Thanksgiving family tradition that gives thanks to our Father? Please share!