Looking Back on Thanksgiving…and toward Christmas

Love it- hate it. That’s sort of how I felt about my thanksgiving meal this year. We had 15 special people squeezed into our kitchen. It was a mixture of family and close friends, and we surely had a feast! There was the 20-pound turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, peas, broccoli quiche, homemade rolls, cranberry sauce, I’m-probably-forgetting-something-else, and 6 pies! After we all ate, it seemed that the bowls piled high with food were hardly less full than before the meal began. As the saying goes, we could’ve fed an army! I kept thinking about how the meal was like God’s goodness and mercy–full and overflowing. Plenty. Unending. And we had the most special time of giving thanks that I can recall ever at a Thanksgiving feast. We sat around the living room, some of us on the floor, sharing how God has been good to us. One talked about God’s comfort after the loss of a sister. Another shared thankfulness for the limited amount of sight he still has. Everyone had something to share about God’s goodness.

Well, we ate turkey sandwiches that night, and the next night we had another Thanksgiving meal with the leftovers. And then those plastic containers in my fridge and those foil-covered pie plates really started to become a nuisance. Any other time I would’ve savored a piece of pumpkin pie or a bowl full of sausage stuffing. But I was tired of it. And I learned it wasn’t just me. At church on Sunday I heard friends talking about how tired they were of turkey. They wanted chili, fast-food, anything other than the leftover turkey that was screaming “Eat me!” from the fridge.

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Published in: on November 28, 2007 at 9:21 pm  Comments (3)