The word “thanksgiving” can be defined as the expression of gratitude, especially to almighty God. One of the great commandments is to give thanks to God, for all he has done for us. According to Psalm 100:4 we are to “enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name”. Christ, himself, was the perfect example of obeying this commandment.
For most people, Thanksgiving means lots of turkey and all of the trimmings. Mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, string bean casserole, and collard greens are just a few of the side dishes we are familiar with. And who can forget desserts? For most, it's pumpkin, pecan, or sweet potato pie! No matter whose Thanksgiving table you are sitting at, you're bound to find something that is absolutely yummy and spells Thanksgiving to you.
But there are some who struggle with having enough food at any time of the year. And for this holiday that celebrates bounty, they depend on the generosity of others to supplement the food that goes on their kitchen table.
I think of the farmers we are helping in the Philippine’s that have lost their crops because of the recent super typhoon. The poor in Africa that EIC helps with food in Malawi and the clean water for communities to survive.
We are blessed in Canada as we gather for Thanksgiving Day with our families.
I give thanks to God for the many blessings we have received at Emmanuel International Canada for our staff around the world that are making a difference one day at a time.
Richard McGowan Executive Director
Emmanuel International Canada