year on Thanksgiving eve, our church hosts a simple and sweet
event called "Praise and Pie." We show up with a
pie. Then we gather informally to share our thankfulness for
the blessings of this year. And then we eat the pie. I like
like that President Abraham Lincoln officially set the fourth
Thursday of each November as a national day "of
thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God." Pure and
that our Pilgrim relatives were simply thankful for the
provision of food — judging by this 1630’s poem from one
of forefathers in Massachusetts:
pottage and puddings and custards and pies
pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies,
pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon,
were not for pumpkins we should be undoon.
thankful for foods that have become part of our Thanksgiving
tradition. Wild turkeys, for example, are native to North
America. And as the story goes, Benjamin Franklin advocated
for the turkey to be our national bird. Instead, the bald
eagle was given that distinction. So we apparently decided to
eat the turkey for Thanksgiving.
thankful that — early in our heritage — some enterprising
colonist discovered the pleasant taste of milk, spices and
honey combined with pumpkin and baked over hot ashes. And for
talented family members who can whip up a pie crust in which
to cradle this yummy pumpkin mixture.
even be thankful for the cinnamon that spices up our holiday
fare. Research continues to back up the claim that as little
as 1/5 teaspoon of cinnamon each day — along with prescribed
medical care — can help people with diabetes control blood
grateful I am for friends like Madge, who unwittingly started
a Thanksgiving tradition in my family years ago when she
shared her recipe for sweet potato pie.
year I am especially thankful for pure and profound blessings.
That my sister recovered so well from her recent
hospitalization that I actually got mad at her for eating too
fast. That I am surrounded by such a bounty of nourishing
foods and friends. And that I can expend the energy derived
from this holiday meal riding my horse and shoveling out his
all, I am thankful for those of you who labor this
Thanksgiving Day to enrich the lives of others with food and
love. I pray we do not forget the importance of that…pure