By Linda Veath
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ~ Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
Cornucopia. That word always reminds me of Thanksgiving. A cornucopia is a horn — originally a goat’s horn — filled to overflowing with fruit, flowers, and corn. Thus, it’s other name is The Horn of Plenty. We see them in windows, as centerpieces on tables and mantles, and on the altars in our churches this time of year, reminding us of God’s bounteous harvest blessings.
Just as God provides the fruit and flowers for the cornucopias, He has filled us with bounteous blessings too. And that includes a very special fruit. One that has become ours thanks to the sacrifice of Christ on the cross for our sins. A fruit that is tended by the loving care of the Holy Spirit. A fruit that grows and fills us to overflowing, like a cornucopia.
In fact, we are cornucopias. Cornucopias filled with Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. As we grow in the fruit of the Spirit, we grow in our love for the Lord and praise Him as Lord of the Harvest when we share His fruit with others.
So, when you see a cornucopia this Thanksgiving, remember that it’s us. God chose us to be fruitful as the Holy Spirit works in our lives. This Thanksgiving, thank Him for that fruit and ask Him to help you share it, not only at Thanksgiving but every day of the year.
Sing to the Lord of harvest, Sing songs of love and praise; With joyful hearts and voices Your alleluias raise. By Him the rolling seasons In fruitful order move; Sing to the Lord of harvest A joyous song of love. (Sing to the Lord of Harvest, vs. 1)
And now may the greatest gift of all — our Savior Jesus Christ — be the centerpiece of our Thanksgiving table, this year and all year long.
HAVE A BLESSED THANKSGIVING