We have all learned how the Pilgrims were saved by Squanto teaching them how to plant corn in the New World. Do you remember what they were taught? They buried three kernels of corn along with a fish for fertilizer. Then, when the harvest was in, the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated with prayers and praise lifted up to God.
One of the Thanksgiving traditions that I grew up with was to have three kernels of corn at each place setting. Before we prayed, we went around the table and gave thanks to God for three particular blessings. When I was young, I was impatient to eat; but as I’ve grown up I have realized more and more that I can take less and less for granted. We have so much for which to be thankful.
So let me share three kernels of thanks with you and pray that the sowing of these kernels will grow into a harvest of praise:
This is one of the blessings and wisdom of our later years: we understand gratitude more deeply and have more reasons to give thanks. My hope is that we can pass along that wisdom to others, and that God’s goodness will be magnified by many.
I give thanks to God for the various opportunities that I have had to get to know you personally. I have really enjoyed the chance to visit a number of you in your homes, and I’m eager to continue. I am so thankful to have heard your story, how God has worked in and through you for His glory and the building up of His church. Even when we have gone through difficult times, we can often see in hindsight how God has used that time of suffering to grow our faith. Perhaps that trial has made Christ more precious to us or allowed us to see how dependent we are upon Him. Thank you for inviting me into your lives, may we continue to reflect the love of God as we love one another.
I thank God for your commitment to prayer and your concern for my family as we came here. I am so thankful for the weekly prayer meeting as an expression of our love for God and others. Thanks be to God that we can approach Him with freedom and confidence because of Christ! Our family is certainly grateful for your prayers on our behalf as we sought to sell our house in Leechburg and find one here. And we continue to be so very blessed by all your generosity to us in so many ways. Thank you for continuing to pray as we look forward to finding a house, and for your gracious gift that will help us purchase one! We have so appreciated your special care and concern for our children and this admittedly hard transition. Your love and prayers are a real blessings and a constant source of gratitude.
Last, but not least, I thank God for the church office administrators, Lee and Kathy. They especially have helped me learn my way around LRPC. What a blessing it is to have them as co-laborers in the kingdom. They are knowledgeable, conscientious, patient with me, and have a great love of God and His people. I thank God for their diligent work and encouraging words.
May these three kernels of thanks encourage you to let others know what you are thankful for this month. Let’s take every opportunity we can to give thanks to God and not limit it to one day. But on that one day, may we make God the focus.
To Him alone be the glory and the gratitude!