Pastor’s Memo… One year short of four centuries ago, by some accounts, the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in the New World. I say "by some accounts," because the date 1621, is in dispute. I wasn't there; and this memo isn't intended to be a history lesson. The story is that after that first hard winter there was food to eat and new neighbors to entertain. I have no idea how accurate the legend is of that first meal between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. Too many fanciful depictions have been authored down the years. I'd prefer to think it was gracious and welcoming. Over the last four hundred years Thanksgiving became more and more celebrated and it became a national holiday. Now, pretty much, Thanksgiving is the seasonal marker for when the great rush for Christmas shopping begins. Midnight openings, sales, on-line give-aways, the opportunity for buying and selling is kind of free-for-all grab-fest. Our holiday feast has hardly had time to settle and we look forward to Christmas. This year our patience is thinner than usual. Our politics and the pandemic have taken a toll on the nation. But a turkey can be purchased almost anywhere and cranberry sauce. too, if you like that red stuff. I can almost smell yeast rolls baking and my prayers turn to having enough butter. When so very many millions of our fellow global citizens, nay, neighbors, nay, brothers and sisters are hungry most of the time, we should indeed be thankful for the feast laid before us, even if we are not gathered in droves to eat it as we have been in years past. We should celebrate and remember and give thanks for the bounty before us. Happy Thanksgiving! May the rest of this year be more settled than the last many months. And may the coming year be one of peace and joy and love.
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