It was shortly after Thanksgiving Day. A four-year-old boy came walking out of the kitchen, a huge hunk of turkey in his hand. His parents looked at each other, questioning.
"Did you let him have the turkey?"
"No. Did you?"
"His first refrigerator raid!"
Yes, my brother loves eating turkey. So do I. And my mother. My father also loves turkey, but unfortunately he can't eat it anymore because of gout. But between the three of us, we happily gobble up the delectable goodness.
Thanksgiving is the day we often associate with turkey, cranberry jelly, pumpkin pie, and other wonderful foods. We associate with the house smelling like food. We associate it with putting another leaf into the table, and even then the table is crowded with dishes of different edibles.
Of course, Thanksgiving isn't just about gorging yourself and then falling into a turkey coma while Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is moving across the flat-screen TV. Otherwise, it would be called 'Feastgiving Day' instead.
No, Thanksgiving is about being thankful for what we have. Perhaps we don't stop and think about that enough. We are blest with many things, such as friends and family who care about us, food, a roof over our heads, clothing, the freedoms our country allows us, good health, the possessions we have, and so much more. We are blest with God's love and mercy, blest with all the things He provides for us.
So, this Thanksgiving, don't just be thinking about stuffing your face. Reflect also on what Thanksgiving is all about: being thankful.