Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Thanksgiving Story to Share: 5 Kernels of Corn

Happy Thanksgiving! I am spending today thinking thru what I want this Thanksgiving break to look like, how to make our Thanksgiving celebration meaningful, and then of course, making out the grocery list and meal plan. 

This Thanksgiving I am going to share the story, 5 Kernels of Corn with my kids. I thought I'd share it here in case you wanted to share it with your family too:

Poster from AllPosters.com of Jamestown Colonists Dealing Out the Last Kernels of Corn During the Starving Time, 1609-1610

During the first winter in America, the Pilgrims faced a season of horrible famine. Half of the Pilgrims died from disease and inadequate supplies. Food was so scarce and things were so bad that the Pilgrims had to ration their supply of corn to five kernels per person per day. 

The Pilgrims didn’t have much. But they chose to trust the Lord regardless of their circumstances. The Pilgrims chose to thank God for His provision, no matter the size. The Pilgrims did not complain about the 5 kernels of corn; they saw the 5 kernels of corn as a blessing.

Poster of The First Thanksgiving found at AllPosters.com

Several years later when crops were abundant, the Pilgrims started their Thanksgiving celebration by putting 5 kernels of corn upon each empty plate before dinner was served. These 5 kernels reminded them of this truth:

 “I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” (Philippians 4:12,13, NLT)

At this point, I will give each kid 5 pieces of candy corn (my version of corn kernels, the kids will think that is funny) and we will spend a few minutes having everyone share 5 things they are thankful for and eating the candy corn.

Tomorrow I will share more stories to share around the Thanksgiving table.

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