November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving inspirations

I asked my husband one time why is it that you are all celebrating Thanksgiving season here in America? He told me a long winding story of the past about the pilgrims, indians and harvest. Anyway, I thought of passing this few lines that I read in the Thanksgiving holiday section article of wilstar.com:

"The Pilgrims set ground at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. Their first winter was devastating. At the beginning of the following fall, they had lost 46 of the original 102 who sailed on the Mayflower. But the harvest of 1621 was a bountiful one. And the remaining colonists decided to celebrate with a feast -- including 91 Indians who had helped the Pilgrims survive their first year. It is believed that the Pilgrims would not have made it through the year without the help of the natives. The feast was more of a traditional English harvest festival than a true "thanksgiving" observance. It lasted three days."

I asked him, do people celebrate their thanks as well to God? I am thinking of how we feast in Philippines wherein if there is a Saint or patron of the catholic church, every houses prepare food to their visitors of any kind. He said, sad to say, only a few think that way.

I am touched of the article in the MOPS newsletter I got last Wednesday. It said the following,

"We teach our children to say please and thank you as rediments of courtesy, yet it is so easy to be rude and unthinking toward God. How often we forget to gratefully acknowledge his goodness towards us."

What a very mindful wisdom, I thought. In this world, many people are busy, busy preparing celebrations and buying presents, but we also have to think to spend our days in church. We have to personally visit and thank God in the Blessed Sacrament, for all the blessings that He has bestowed to each and every one of us alive. I notice a few people do it, even after mass at church. We should not forget to genuflect, even for a short sweet and heart to heart time with God, in sacred places where we see Him, including in our home altars.

Anyhow, as the Christmas season arrives, we will also not forget to honor the sweet Baby Jesus and His Holy Family, who sacrificed their lives for Gods love to all mankind.

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6 comments:

  1. Alam mo sis daming holidays dito but namimiss ko pa rin ang Pinas wahhh

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  2. pretty well said yotch...happy thanksgiving in advance!

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  3. My Dearest Melmel,

    I was really touch of what you have written about the Thanks Giving being celebrated in the U.S., especially when Ted said that only few give thanks to the ALMIGHTY GOD of the many blessings HE poured out in this place materially.

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  4. thanks for the reminder to always give the thanks to God--sooo important b/c all things are from HIM!
    I love MOPS :)

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  5. Mas magiliw pa rin ang ating pagdiriwang sa Pinas. the history about this thanksgiving celebration of America is interesting! Enjoy celebrating Mel!

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