“Give thanks in everything for this is the will of Christ Jesus in you.” I Thessalonians 5:18

Our Thanksgiving is often not recognized in foreign countries.

Our Thanksgiving is a unique American holiday.

But in Africa they have something similar called the “Harvest Feast.”

A day was designated in the church for harvest giving. The Christian farmers took the tithe of beans, peas, corn, rice, peanuts, chickens and other animals and brought it to the church.  The musicians beat the drums while the congregation danced. Each person carried an offering to the altar, bowed before it and left his gift. Even when the altar was full, the people kept coming forward three or four times with more bags of rice, corn, beans or animals. But while carrying these offerings, they marched out the side door so it looked like they weren’t leaving the gift.  Later they came back in the front one with another load to give God.

At the end of the service I walked outside. A mountain of produce, as high as the church, was piled behind the building. An entire corral of animals was next to it. The believers had come to the altar many times to fulfill their tithe. Every year, their gifts of praise and thanks to God never ceased to amaze me.

Their way of giving thanks is different from ours. But what’s wrong with setting a day aside to dance and praise God, and give Him the  tenth of everything that came into your hands that year?

If the calendar didn’t tell us it was Thanksgiving, and we didn’t have a harvest to remind us to thank God, would we remember it?


About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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One Response to Thanksgiving

  1. mflabar says:

    That sounds like a lot of produce and animals!

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