SEASONS: Remembering Thanksgiving

Remembering Thanksgiving
Today’s Text: Psalm 136:1-3


The most memorable Thanksgiving Day I remember was spent in northern Minnesota with my maternal grandparents. That year, Grandpa and Grandma decided the Thanksgiving meal would consist only of foods grown on their land along with wild game and fish.

In my recollection there was no turkey. Yet, the meal was unforgettableduck, pheasant, quail, venison, walleye, northern pike, smoked white fish, corn on the cob, a variety of squash, potatoes and a hot dish made of wild rice harvested from the lakeshore in front of their home. A counter full of homemade pies made from scratch by Grandma, Mom and the aunts topped-off dinner.

While the food featured prominently in our celebration, the realization that God was our Provider and the recipient of our thanksgiving was etched into my consciousness in a way I never forgot.

And that of course was my grandparent’s objective.

Bass Lake at Sunset. © Charles E. McCracken

No matter how you celebrate the holiday, you’ll be creating memories for someone this year. The food is important because it creates a sensory element that enhances memory; but gathering together with family and friends to share a meal is only part of the celebration.

This year, couple those memories with a solid reminder of God’s provision of the blessings we enjoy and so often take for granted. The Psalmist directs our focus to the Source of all that is good:


PSALM 136:1-3

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

Oh, give thanks to the God of gods!
For His mercy endures forever.

Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords!
For His mercy endures forever.”


Many of the psalms restate God’s goodness. Take time to read a portion of Scripture to those gathered around you. Then, offer heartfelt prayers of praise and thanksgiving to God. The memories you create will endure!


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1) Bass Lake at Sunset. From the author’s archives © Charles E. McCracken. Enhancement: MKM Portfolios.

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  1. Those were never-to-be forgotten celebrations at that little home on Bass Lake.