I’m re-posting this gem from last year because, if anything, it feels more relevant and important to be truth-tellers this year. And even more important to have a holiday full of hope and gratitude.
Happy Thanksgiving! As you celebrate the things that are absolutely fantastic about this most delicious of holidays (spending time with family and friends, being grateful to God and one another), do also keep in mind that the origins of the holiday, like much of our culture, may not be quite as benign as you may have been told.
I’m not trying to get you down about the holiday, but it’s best to go into all these things with open eyes. That way you can celebrate it the right way and reclaim questionable symbols for your own. I, for example, will be celebrating the Abraham Lincoln version of the holiday, ever hopeful and grateful to come together with those I may disagree with in the spirit of healing and friendship. And I choose to think of the fellowship with my family around the table as a symbol for the coming feast in the Kingdom of God, where all will sit down with one another.
Be joyful, be grateful, be well, and be full of truth!