November 26th 2009

Are You Like A Pumpkin?

“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV) 

The fourth Thursday in November, the 26th this year, is the day Americans around the world celebrate the U.S. national holiday of “Thanksgiving”. The origin of the holiday was the pilgrims’ giving thanks to God when they were saved from starvation in the ‘New World’. The Native Americans brought them wild turkeys and ‘indian corn’, as well as being true friends showing them in the springtime how to plant native crops that would thrive in those conditions. 

You will probably see indian corn and brightly coloured gourds in the shops, as well as pumpkins. Although in modern times pumpkins are more commonly linked to ‘Halloween’, pumpkin pie is traditional at Thanksgiving dinner. 

Did you know that being a Christian is like being a pumpkin? Another analogy going around by email suggests that God lifts you up, takes you in and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff—including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then he carves you a new smiling face and puts his light inside you to shine out for all the world to see. 

And that is truly a cause for Thanksgiving! 

Prayer

During this season of harvest, Father in Heaven, we can be truly thankful for the plentiful food that you provide and give you grateful thanks as well as endeavour to share our plenty with those who are hungry.

Amen 

Study by Nancy Silcox 

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