Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Today we read The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh and Helen Sewell, a tradition we probably share with many families in America. This 1955 Caldecott Award-winning book was sadly withdrawn from the public library but happily found a home with us after being rescued by my sister.
Through a simple rendering of "one family and the changing of seasons" the first Thanksgiving in America is brought to life. We see both the hardships and joys of an incredible pilgrimage made by people in search of the most important of freedoms - to worship in peace.
My boys learned that this particular day is much more than a gathering to feast with friends and family on turkey, stuffing and cranberry pie. Thanks are given for the harvest but they are given to the Giver of all good things. This simple book also showed my boys, in a way that I had not been able to, the reason we start each day by praying for the government of our nation, state and city.
A list of our local, state and federal government officials sits on the island for morning prayer.
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. -1 Timothy 2:1-4