Pewpoint Too

The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

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     Youíve taken a moment to reflect even though the turkeyís still not cooked, the dressing isnít ready, or the table isnít set. The guests are expected in a short while, the TV set's on already, the kitchen has wonderful aromas wafting from it, and, hopefully, there is joy and cheer in your home. But thereís also stress, as well, on this holiday in which we pause to give thanks.

      Are you thankful because you didn't burn the turkey or the rutabagas? Are you thankful for most things of a temporal matter? If so, please take time to reflect upon Sacred Scripture, on the words of the psalm which David wrote: "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good..." and in the Acts of the Apostles, "In Him we live and move and have our being."

      Above all, whether in joy or sadness, in laughter or tears, in stress or in times of peace of mind, give thanks to God, for He is aware of us at every single moment, and nothing that we have has not come by His hand. We cannot fathom His Infinite Love for us.

      On this Thanksgiving Day, whether you celebrate with extended family, or not, remember to praise and adore Him, for without Him you would cease to exist, and there would be no eternal home awaiting you, where the feast He has prepared cannot be compared to the finest Thanksgiving dinner served anywhere, at any time. As you ponder this, remember that most think the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner is the ultimate meal. How wrong we are. For the true nourishment we receive today, and every day of the year is the true "Thanksgiving": the Holy Eucharist. The word "Eucharist" means "Thanksgiving!" And it is to Him Who we should and must be truly thankful for everything we have is His and He has granted these gifts to us.

      Rejoice and be glad...God lives! God loves you! Now, before you forget. Put the oven on warm, turn off the burners, put the pumpkin pie out to cool and gather the family to partake in the true Thanksgiving repast at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today. It is the ultimate banquet fit for a King and His subjects. Let us not let Him down. The turkey, dressing and all the fixing, and yes, even the football, will wait. What's a half hour or an hour with Him compared to the stress of missing out? Thanksgiving means a time of loved ones and love. We can't love others if we don't love God first.

      Come to His table at a parish near you. He is waiting with Love. Love Him in return and the thanks shall never cease!

Cyndi Cain

November 1997