“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10 (NIV)
Celebrate Thanksgiving by being in ..........
I love nature and being outdoors. Maybe that's why I love farming so much. Working the fields, or tending to cattle is an opportunity to be in God's classroom everyday with the Lord as our instructor. As a Christian we are called to be His image-bearers: People who reflect and point others to Christ. We point to Him in our work, in our play, in our home and in our gatherings. The same is true about nature. Creation is an image bearer of Christ reflecting who God is . Nature is living out its God's image-bearing design to reflect who Christ is.
Christ is life.
Celebrating Thanksgiving by decorating with nature brings Christ to the table.
"They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty - and I will meditate on your wonderful works."
Celebrate Thanksgiving by bringing life to the table.
We are blessed to live on a farm in a rural area where opportunity to gather a variety of nature abounds. Bringing life to the table by bringing the outdoors in nature connects us to God, the land, and in a way, connects us to the pilgrims and their first harvest. Just as pilgrims probably didn't serve Tofurky at their Thanksgiving feast, they probably didn't feature plastic flowers as their center piece either. I bet the pilgrims were "the outdoorsy" type. As I write this, I'm realizing the pilgrims didn't have categories, or themes, or labels for what they liked to do such as "outdoorsy" or "sporty". Nor did they wonder what they wanted to be when they grew up. They just wanted to be able to grow up. To survive for the next generation.
Ok, back to the table.
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR YOUR THANKSGIVING TABLE DECORATIONS:
Purchase clear cylinder jars from Walmart. They come in all different sizes and cost around $5.00. Fill the jars with leftover corn from harvest. We filled our jars with popcorn and blue corn that we grew this year. Then, find pictures that are special to you and slide them down along the edge and put a candle in it.
You can fill the jars with wheat seed, rye seed, soybeans..... Go to a seed dealer where they sell grass seed in bulk and find something there.
Go to a grocery store and buy beans in bulk.
Gourds and pumpkins.
Instead of a table runner, use twigs and intersperse candles and items throughout.
Native grasses found along a roadside ditch or your pasture.
Use tree stumps for pedestals.
Have guests bring a photocopy of what's important or special to them, place the pictures in a photo holder and arrange them around the table.
Do you have something special you could feature as the main center piece? Some art work or an heirloom? Our brother-in-law makes beautiful bowls out of cedar wood. Last year my daughter and niece turned it into a pilgrim boat by filling it with corn and added sails.
Putting love and personality into your table decorating will help your guests feel welcomed. Get your family involved in this project and have fun.
"And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Colossians 3:17