Mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, relish tray, succulent juicy turkey, sparkling punch, seven-layer salad, homemade rolls smothered in real butter, and pumpkin pie, pecan pie, cherry pie, apple pie and please no mincemeat pie,… what a Thanksgiving feast! Guess what? For the first time in I do not know how long, we are not going to the feasting table this year. My wife, Josiah and I find ourselves without the press of family and friends. This is totally out of the realm of normal for us. We usually are surrounded by tens if not more than twenty people at this special holiday. This year it is just three. This year I get to spend thanksgiving with the two closest people to me in my life: Loretta & Josiah. We are not even going to cook a turkey this year.
Please do not invite us over because you feel sorry for us. And even if you don’t feel sorry for us, please don’t feel like we need to be with somebody. For once, I think it will be fun just to be alone. Josiah and I are going to go bow hunting for a deer part of the day. We are just going to relax and enjoy each other.
Yes, we will miss the traditional feast, but this does not mean we will go hungry, nor does it mean that the best feast of all needs to be neglected.
Matthew 4:4 “…It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
What would we be like if we stuffed ourselves with heavenly manna with the same desire as we did our turkey dinner or to drip with the fatness of God’s Word?
“They shall be abundantly satisfied with fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life; in thy light shall we see light.” (Psalm 36:8-9).
How sweet may we become if we tarried at His banquet table?
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste: yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” (Psalm 119:103).
How full we might become if we were filled with His sweet meat?
“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Psalm 34:8).
Yes, the good Lord has made us some very good things to eat.
“Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things…” (Psalm 103:5)
But the best thing this Thanksgiving time is the Lord Himself. May we not become so full with the blessings that we fail to remember the One who blesses.
May God, grant you a very blessed Thanksgiving,
Pastor John Schofield