Praises to the Magnificent Almighty Man
Eat hearty. Tis the season for delicious cuisine. A summertime of hours of work brings us the much needed harvest. With gratitude for our living, our survival, and our fabulously healthy diet. The smorgasbord has arrived. Joy to us, for this magnificent and decadent celebration. Thanksgiving is a must.
We turn our attention to the bounty of the Earth. A time of joy, of family of friends and fellowship. The hardship of the toil of planting culminates on this holiday which saves us. Eat well and share. This holiday comes from giving, sharing, community, peace and fellowship. It comes from caring for people and taking care of people. It is a time for the home, for the harvest and the homecoming. As usual, we feast and remember with gladness, the story of Thanksgiving and the happiness of the people.
Eat, drink and be merry, oh joyous ones, the nurturing of this gift of food is for your health, wellness and continued enjoyment. A delight for the grand chef.
Recipes abound for this season with the additional goodness of the meal plan already resolved. Traditional cooking at it’s best. The larder is full, the guest list is easy. We put aside our worries for a moment and retreat to our bubble. The safety of a circle of close friends and relatives who we can share with. This has been an unusual year, 2020, but we still persevere. Our gatherings are small, our journeys limited in distance and number. We are cautious with our meetings and grateful for the advances in technology that surrounds us with people who we care for and still need to communicate with. We still dine in style and share our thoughts and conversation through the fortunate support of social media, cell phones, ipads , computer and other gadgets. The life line is still present. We are still able to connect ourselves to the wide wide world out there.
With praises we are thankful. In history the wide ocean separates the people from their families. There is no where to go. There is nothing else to do, but to have faith in God and to trust in strangers who might help them. They faced illness and hunger and so much despair. One hundred and thirty lonely people, cast out into an unknown world of much hardship. Save us! They landed, and fell into a tribe of indigenous people, unknown strangers, perhaps murderers, they met them anyway, regardless of their fear.
How fortunate to meet a compassionate person who extended an invitation of peace, food, fellowship and acceptance. How fortunate to meet those kinds of people, even today. The people who will break bread with you, share the larder, extend an invitation. The days of yore, when a broken group of stranded people, encountered the unexpected in a strange and wild land. Give thanks for those fortunate few who were so lucky as to be included. Feast and be merry, joy to us all. This celebration of food is the making of a great nation, of great friendships. It is to overcome starvation, to live in peace, to be a community and a country.
These are our instructions, according to history.
\written by Dr. Louise Hayes
October 21, 2020