THE EVANS FAMILY
Regardless of her flaws, I am thankful to be an American. I don’t take lightly my national heritage, and the high price paid for freedom.
I have so many wonderful memories of celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends. I am thankful for many of the cultural celebrations that led us to our national holiday, Thanksgiving. I believe many of the celebrations originate truly with God's blessing and influence. They are celebrations spawned from a variety of colonist throughout our history celebrating bountiful harvest, rain ending droughts, battles won on America’s soil, and religious days set aside by the Puritans for fasting, prayer, and giving of thanks. I thank God for this nation and especially that our founding father’s honored the principles found in God’s holy word. I know they were flawed men, but they feared God and loved His word.
True thanksgiving is of the spirit or heart of man. I believe a truly grateful heart begins with the new birth. Only God through His mercy and grace in the redemptive work of His son Jesus Christ can truly open our eyes to see all His mercy, goodness, promise, and blessing.
Here in Isaiah, we find the origin of our spiritual heritage through Abraham and Sarah who experienced the first true “Thanksgiving!” Without coming into the family of God, any attempt at being thankful will be short live. Man’s sinful heart does not hold the capacity to remain thankful with out the life of God. We are Abraham’s seed, now the people of God, who can truly celebrate God’s bounty experienced through all who will humbly receive.
Isaiah 51:1-3 (niv)
1 "Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD :
Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn;
2 look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth.
When I called him he was but one, and I blessed him and made him many.
3 The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins;
he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD.
Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
Galatians 3:26-29 (niv)
26You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,
27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise
Below is one of my favorite Thanksgiving Day recipes for you to enjoy with your family and friends this year!
Love in Him,
Sweet Potato Crunch
* preheat oven to 400 degrees
1-1lb.13oz can of sweet potatoes (drained)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 eggs (beaten)
¼ c. butter (melted)
Mix the above with a hand mixer and pour into a buttered dish.
Ingredients for topping:
1 1/4 c. brown sugar
little less than 1/2 c. butter (softened)
4 T. flour
¾ c. chopped pecans
Mix the above well with a large spoon and spread on the top of sweet potato mixture, and bake at 400 degrees till’ top is a dark caramel color, about 35 - 40 minutes.