The Africans had a Feast of Thanksgiving each year. As they brought their crops in, they thanked Almighty God for their harvest. They gave a tenth of their rice, peanuts, beans, and corn to the church and also a tithe of their chickens, goats, and sheep. They didn’t bring little bowls of lentils into the church but hundred pound bags. When the sanctuary was filled from floor to ceiling, they heaped more gifts behind the church.

During Thanksgiving I especially remember their thankfulness. People living without necessary provisions and from hand to mouth were quick to show gratitude to the Lord for what they had.

Surely those of us who live in a wealthy country with furnished homes, adequate clothes, an abundance of food, and running water should be thankful.

Christians have much more to be grateful for. God so loved the world he gave His Son to die for us. We have forgiveness of sins, salvation, peace of mind, and eternal life.

As you sit down to your dinner, remember those who may not have as much to eat as you do. Say a prayer for them and maybe there’s something you can do.

Don’t forget Thanksgiving in your busy lives.

Give thanks to God, today and always.

“Thanks be to God.” (I Corinthians 15:57)



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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