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Thanksgiving Thoughts

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought you might like some “fast facts” about the day.

  • The average turkey purchased is 15 pounds.
  • A turkey has more protein than beef or chicken.
  • Five most popular ways to eat turkey leftovers – sandwich, stew, chili, casserole, or burger.
  • A turkey has about 3500 feathers at maturity.  (I know that will be a hot question on Thursday!).
  • Male turkeys gobble.  Hens do not.  Hens make clucking noises.
  • A group of turkeys is called a flock.
  • Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.
  • Turkeys have poor night vision.
  • It takes between 70-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30-pound turkey.
  • A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer.  A 5-7-month-old turkey is called roaster.  A 15-pound turkey is called “thanksgiving dinner”!

This Thanksgiving is a great time to find a favorite Psalm to share with your family.  Psalm 103 is one of mine.  Here is that Psalm taken from the Living Bible……

I bless the holy name of God with all my heart. Yes, I will bless the Lord and not forget the glorious things he does for me.

He forgives all my sins. He heals me. He ransoms me from hell. He surrounds me with loving-kindness and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things! My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! He gives justice to all who are treated unfairly. He revealed his will and nature to Moses and the people of Israel.

He is merciful and tender toward those who don’t deserve it; he is slow to get angry and full of kindness and love. He never bears a grudge, nor remains angry forever. 10 He has not punished us as we deserve for all our sins, 11 for his mercy toward those who fear and honor him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. 12 He has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west.

 13 He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence him. 14 For he knows we are but dust 15 and that our days are few and brief, like grass, like flowers, 16 blown by the wind and gone forever.

17-18 But the loving-kindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting to those who reverence him; his salvation is to children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant and remember to obey him!

19 The Lord has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything there is.

 20 Bless the Lord, you mighty angels of his who carry out his orders, listening for each of his commands. 21 Yes, bless the Lord, you armies of his angels who serve him constantly.

22 Let everything everywhere bless the Lord. And how I bless him too!