When I think about Thanksgiving, and why we celebrate. Your mind can't help but naturally go to the Puritans and their voyage from England to here for religious freedom. They didn't want to be under the rule of England. They wanted to worship their God, their way! I mean talk about being a brave people. England was good for chopping of your head if you didn't agree with the King!
Imagine traveling here via the Mayflower, the rocky ocean, being crammed into a small space with 100 other people, people are sick, no potty!! Really! Your a little grossed out now aren't you? But this is how they traveled, their core belief was soooo strong..they did what they had to do to have the freedom of religious persecution.
Then you finally see land, and your not where your suppose to be! Do you give up? Nope, you persevere...you start from scratch! You've lost half the people who came here with due to illness, yet you carry on. If you were well you took in the other children whose parents died along the voyage. Really picture that one. We come from such a selfish society now we won't help a child in need because we don't want to give up our own wants. These people who had NO idea where their next meal was coming from took in children as their own! That's a true sense of community!
When I think of how the Puritans worked for their food. Wow, how fortunate we are to be able to run to Shop-Rite when we need something. 24 hours a day no less!!!
When the first Thanksgiving occurred, the Indians brought 5 deer to the feast. The Pilgrims were shocked, none of them had ever had deer meat before. In England at that time, if you ate deer it was because you had land, land equaled wealth. Needless to say they loved it.
It amazes me how much food even has a role in our society. The Pilgrims also ate tons and tons and tons of seafood, clams, mussels, lobsters etc. From reading in history I read that lobster was also given to the slaves in the south. Because it was cheap and plentiful. When more people from England began to migrate here, they considered seafood a poor man's food because you had to catch it yourself to eat it.
Funny how times have changed. Now deer meat is considered gross, or for wacky people who hunt. In NJ as a matter of fact, only 2% of the population hunt. That's a pretty small amount considering how vast our state is. I'm not sure how many solely rely of deer meat for food, but it is delicious and can certainly supplement your grocery budget well. But it does have a slight stigma to it.
And seafood has become a sign of wealth. If you can afford seafood you must be doing well.
But none the less, Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday full of food, and a spirit of Thankfulness.
We have so much, by the grace of God to be thankful for. Let us not forget it!!
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe