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John 6:25-35

Give Thanks

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John 6:25-35

Give Thanks

By Lois Parker Edstrom


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In some parts of the world a day is set aside to give thanks for all the wonderful blessings that fill our lives. On this day we think about foods that are grown from the land – delicious fruits and vegetables that make us healthy and are a joy to eat.

This is a cornucopia, a horn-shaped basket. Pumpkins, squash, apples, oranges, pears, grapes, and nuts spill out of it. It is a symbol that is called the “horn of plenty.” It reminds us to celebrate the abundant fruits and vegetables of the harvest and also reminds us that we are given all and more than we need.

On the day of thanksgiving we give thanks for our plentiful food. Did you know that Jesus compared himself to food? He said, “I am the bread which came down out of heaven” (6:41).

We all hunger for food and we hunger for other things as well. We want to feel love, hope, joy, and peace – food that nourishes our spirit. Jesus tells us that the “true bread” (6:32) that nourishes our spirit comes from heaven – it comes from God and “gives life to the world” (6:33).

So the cornucopia reminds us to give thanks for our many blessings – those that feed our bodies and those that feed our spirit. Jesus said, “I am the bread which came down out of heaven” (6:41).

Jesus fills us with God’s abundant love. We are given all and more than we need. Give thanks.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan