Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Thanksgiving Table: The Stuffing

From Turning Point by David Jeremiah

What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits toward me? Psalm 116:12
Recommended Reading Psalm 116:12-19

The oldest references to stuffing are in ancient Roman cookbooks that talk about vegetables, herbs, spices, and cereal being combined and "stuffed" into chicken, rabbits, and pigs. Romans also added liver and brains to their stuffing. Stuffing has appeared in cookbooks ever since and was quite popular at Medieval banquets. The sensibilities of the Victorians resisted the word "stuffing," substituting the more delicate word "dressing," a term that caught on in the Southern United States.

The word "stuff" means to cram full. For example, after we've had our fill of turkey, beans, potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce (and stuffing), we'll lean back in our chairs and say, "I'm stuffed."

Well, try not to overeat; but this Thanksgiving, remember how God has "stuffed" our lives with blessings. The cheerful heart has a continual feast (Proverbs 15:15). "From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another" (John 1:16, NIV). Our cups overflow. When it comes to His bounty and benefits, we can truly say, "I'm stuffed!"

We bless the Lord, the just, the good, who fills our hearts with joy and food; who pours His blessing from the skies, and loads our days with rich supplies.

Isaac Watts


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