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The Thanksgiving Day Message

Coming from turtle30cshell.com, I am your host
Christina Farris This weeks message is on
thanksgiving. This is one celebration that seems
etched in our minds for years. Etched because we
learn the history from others interpretations on TV in
early childhood. We learn the history perhaps in our
Sunday School class. Yet grade school one learns to
trace their hand to make a turkey as will as the society
history and reason for the celebration. Yet it is not
enough to remember the first thanksgiving. For it is a
time to celebrate the harvest. Celebration of the
harvest has been in traditions for centuries. It was
perhaps one the last or near last celebrations before
the new year and was around even before Christ
birth. We often think of Thanksgiving being American
Holiday. Yet it is when we add the Thanksgiving Day
Parade and shopping on black Friday it becomes a
modern tradition. God is suppose to be in reign over
our country and yet with thanksgiving day first and
day of commerce following, it seems to have put
things in perspective. Yet with all the shopping for the
celebration and buying all the trimmings, one must
think again where was the heart in the shopping.
Right at our tummies. From the pies being made, to
buying of the ingredients, thanksgiving day meal has
become just as commercially about money then it has
the celebration of the harvest and thanksgiving to
God. Yet each of us is different and we make a choice
how we celebrate.

Pilgrims came to America in hopes of a new
beginning and religious freedom. Though they had
plenty land they understood not the culture or the
people that lived there. Yet through famine and
illness, the Indians were able to help the strange
people who came from the sea on a huge floating
canoe. They wore strange outfits and strange hats,
built strange dwellings. Pilgrim’s planted crops and
the Indians gather herbs, and other plants from their
native habitat. Hunted meat and dried it for the winter
ahead. Each group of people learning from each
other. Lives being different, yet each subject to God
almighty. We often think of Indians being savages,
however the way man came across our nation
grabbing land that Indians in their culture did not own.
They felt it was important to preserve things in their
native territories. Yet used the resources off the land.
We think of this culture being primitive yet it had its
own way of preserving life. Yet these two culture
would clash across America for years because of the
greed for land and wealth.

Today’s message comes from Genesis 45

Genesis 45:6-15 KJV
(6)  For these two years hath the famine been in the
land: and yet there are five years, in the which there
shall neither be earing nor harvest.
(7)  And God sent me before you to preserve you a
posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great
(8)  So now it was not you that sent me hither, but
God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and
lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the
land of Egypt.
(9)  Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto
him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me
lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:
(10)  And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and
thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children,
and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy
herds, and all that thou hast:
(11)  And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five
years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all
that thou hast, come to poverty.
(12)  And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my
brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh
unto you.
(13)  And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in
Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste
and bring down my father hither.
(14)  And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck,
and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
(15)  Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept
upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.

Genesis 45 is the prosperity of Joseph after being
cast away from his family. He increased in wealth
after spending years in prison. A time of famine had
come and there was no hope for Joseph brothers in
Israel. They got low on food and knew if they did
nothing soon that their family would starve. The went
to their neighbor Egypt. And Egypt provide the gift of
food through the food storage and reserves set up by
their brother Joseph’s leadership. King of Egypt had
dreams of a famine he could not interpret and Joseph
interpreted the dreams for him. Because of this the
king place Joseph over his storehouse to prepare for
a great and terrible famine. For seven years they
stored food and eight years later the famine came and
no one could get a crop to grow, but prosperity
continue because of the storehouse.

Let us thank God for the storehouse, for the provision
that come. For the great and wonderful gifts of God in
terrible times. God provision is always great. God
always puts us in the right place at the right time. God
prepares for the harvest and if that harvest needs to
last another 7 years it will do so. God’s preparation in
the time of famine, is when his Word seems silent in
our land. There seems to be no manna from heaven
but the food store is still open from heaven. That we
need to thank God for, for we nailed his son to the
cross with our sin. His word came back to feed us
first through the resurrection and then by the Holy
Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Harvest being picked
through out the year. When the last time you thank
God for your brother’s and sisters in Christ. Joseph
was happy to see his brothers and heart rejoiced at
seeing his youngest brother Benjamin. Sometimes it
takes distance from love ones to bring them back
together. Some come back for the harvest. For the
fruit of the labor and to celebrate at seeing their loved
ones again.

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy the
time of fellowship of friend and family, but remember
to say thanks to God.

Thank you Heavenly Father for the bounty of grace,
patience, hope, faith and strength to last because of
your sweet Spirit living in our hearts to keep us until
the harvest of your kingdom. In Jesus precious name,
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