October 13: Harvest Thanksgiving

"The Harvest of Hay in Eragny" by Camille Pissarro, 1887

More than a holiday: What we usually think of as “Thanksgiving” is a holiday peculiar to the U.S. and Canada. It calls to mind the gratitude of Protestant colonizers for the blessings of the harvest as they forged new lives in a new land. But there is more to the heart of the holiday than a full belly. Thanksgiving acknowledges that we are dependent on the land to yield food. But it further acknowledges that God is sovereign over theRead more

The dream, realized

African landscape

The dreams of childhood: I have always been a dreamer. As a child, I would become so engrossed in daydreams that one teacher, tired of calling my name and getting no response, sent me to have my hearing tested. (My hearing, it turns out, was fine). I remember imagining myself grown-up, and blissfully employed in useful work. All children play at being adults – and find joy in their make-believe housework or commute to the office. Somewhere along the road,Read more