On this Thanksgiving holiday season I can think of a lot of things that I am thankful for. The fact that God saved me through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ, my wife, my children, my grandchildren, both those living outside of the womb and the one living inside the womb. My brother and sisters, my home and a plethora (not your run of the millhill word, huh) of other things.
Mel shared some tidbits with me on some research that she did on the first Thanksgiving. How, even though the settlers and the indians came together for the feast, after it was over the times were just as hard for them as they were before. The winter was cold, as were their houses. People died as a result of the weather. Food was scarce and people were dying of starvation. She was saying all of this to get the point across that, still today, some people are living in hard times with very little to eat or a warm place to lay there head down at night or warm clothes to keep their bodies warm. We sometimes take for granted the small things that we have that others might consider big things. So, during this holiday season, if you know someone who is having some tough times, invite them to celebrate with you and your family.
Since this is my blog, I have the right to use it as I see fit. So.......I see fit to put in a plug for a few of the things that are going on at our church. #1, The Angle Tree. This is a program that was started way back when (some thirty years or so ago) by the youth group of Startex United Methodist Church that provides Chirstmas presents for children that probably wouldn't get any otherwise. It has since spread and is spearheaded now by the District 5 Ministries. Several of the churchs in school district #5 participate, which allows us to reach more children. I'm not sure of the total children served last year but at our church, Lyman United Methodist, we provided for some 30+ children. This is totally funded through donations. If anyone reading this would like to donate to this program feel free to contact me via email. rwestsfd9(at)yahoo(dot)com and I'll give intructions as to who to make the check to and where to send it. #2, The Coat Closet. We have started a Coat Closet at the church. If you would like to donate a new or gently used coat of any size to be given to someone in need, feel free to use the same email address above for information. #3, Upward Sports. Our church sponsers Upward Basketball and also Upward Flag Football. If your child would like to participate we would love to have them. Church membership is NOT a requirement, ALL are welcome.
Now on a lighter note about Thanksgiving. I'm thankful, and you probably are too, that the indians brought turkeys to the first feast and that that's the tradition that caught on. Can you imagine what Thanksgiving would be like today had they brought a nicely prepared German Shepard or Doberman to the feast? We'd be sitting down this Thursday staring at Fido with an apple in his mouth. YUM YUM!!! Just a thought.
What are some things you are thankful for?