Thursday, November 25, 2010

My Three Kernels of Corn

Legend has it that when the pilgrims first arrived in the New World, conditions were harsh, and at times all they had was a ration of a few kernels of corn.
“But then, as if by the grace of God, their trials began to subside. After three long years, what was once famine eventually became a feast of sheer abundance. They feasted for three solid days… and gave thanks to God for their new found bounty.

However, before that feast began, they all received [three] kernels of corn on their plate as a reminder of where they had come from, and in honor of those who had died.”
One of our favorite family traditions is to place, as the original pilgrims did, three kernels of corn above each plate. After dinner is over we all sit around the table and give thanks for our three kernels of corn — each representing a blessing, or more often a category of multiple blessings.

This year my three kernels of corn are all for miracles:

First, I’m grateful for this miracle, and the joy of having our whole family together this Thanksgiving.

Second, I’m grateful for this miracle you’ve all been reading about, and still in awe that I had a small part to play in its fruition.

Third, I’m grateful for two very sweet experiences this year, also miracles, where I was able to feel the distinct presence of my mother, who passed away almost twenty years ago. One was in the temple on her birthday, too sacred to share; and the other I wrote about here.

Surrounding and encompassing all of these, I’m grateful for their Source: a loving Father who, with his living Son, is still very much involved in the lives of His children, caring enough to send real miracles to otherwise ordinary people. And once in awhile...even to me.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Jessica said...

What a fruitful and blessed year you have had! Blessed and blessing . . .

The Words Crafter said...

I'd never heard about the three kernels before, but what a wonderful thing to help us remember!

This is a beautiful post and I hope your holiday is as wonderful!

Shari said...

What an absolute beautiful post. Thanks for sharing your blessings and congratulations on your son's graduation.

P.S. I love the three kernels story. I had not heard that before.

Kristina P. said...

You have much to be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving!

Kimberly said...

Gah! Why did I wear mascara today? Oh the beauty of this...the fullness of heart. I'm glad beyond words for you, for these events, miracles, that have brought you such joy!

Kazzy said...

I am grateful for you. You have been through, and been involved in, a lot of things recently.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday!

Luisa Perkins said...

I love that tradition! It's something I'd like to implement at a later date, when certain family cynics are no longer with us.

You and I have indeed witnessed miracles this year. I am grateful for both yours and mine, and the way we are able to strengthen one another.

Dedee said...

I do adore you. I need to make a list of things I am thankful for.

L.T. Elliot said...

I'd never heard that about the kernels but I think I'll have to incorporate it.

So glad for your miracles. God bless!

LisAway said...

Love the three kernels and YOUR three kernels (and that you've shared them with us as they came). I, too, and grateful for their source!