Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I read that the Pilgrims, following that first Thanksgiving, would begin their subsequent celebrations in a very poignant way. Before filling the dinner plates with the results of a bountiful harvest they would simply place 5 kernels of corn on their plates. They served as a reminder of the harsh winter that preceded the first Thanksgiving when half of the settlers perished. During those cold months, 5 kernels of corn were the daily ration. As the years passed those 5 kernels of corn symbolized how far the community had come and how blessed they were. In this time of economic crisis and fears about the future it is important to acknowledge how much we have. Whenever I am tempted to complain and whine about what I don't have....I remember those 5 kernels of corn....and realize that I have an abundance. Happy Thanksgiving!

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