November 28 is when the people of the United States of America will celebrate Thanksgiving in 2019. A cornucopia is a common symbol of the Thanksgiving season. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary describes a cornucopia as “a curved, hollow goat’s horn or similarly shaped receptacle (such as a horn-shaped basket) that is overflowing with fruit and vegetables. It is used as a decorative motif of abundance.” It is also known as a horn of plenty.
Historically, one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations took place in 1621 when the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast. This was after the colonists’ first successful corn harvest. I can imagine a goat’s horn filled with an abundance of harvested crops placed in the center of the table. It probably was a horn filled with plenty of corn, squash and pumpkins. Everyone expressed their thankfulness.
As a child, I remember my mother placing a cornucopia on our kitchen table during the Thanksgiving season. It was a horn-shaped wicker basket filled with artificial grapes, apples, and pears. (We ate the real fruit.) It was our horn of plenty. It was a reminder of God’s bountiful provision. We were thankful.
Today, I imagine myself being a cornucopia in the flesh. I am filled with an abundance of gratitude to God. I do not look like a cornucopia but my heart is overflowing with thanksgiving. A musical horn produces a pleasant melody when it is played. Maybe I am a human horn of plenty vocally expressing praise and gratitude to God for His bountiful blessings.
The following scriptures are examples of the spiritual fruit that is flowing out of my carnal cornucopia.
I give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
His love endures forever.
I Chronicles 16:34
I will give thanks to the LORD because of His righteousness;
I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.
I will give thanks to You, LORD, with all my heart;
I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds.
I will come before His presence with thanksgiving,
I will shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the LORD is a great God
And a great King above all gods,
I will praise the LORD. I will give thanks to the LORD,
for He is good; His love endures forever.
Let me give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
And whatever I do, whether in word or deed,
I do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Thanksgiving is more than just the name of the holiday when we gather together for a feast of food. As we look at the cornucopia, may we be reminded of the true meaning of our Thanksgiving. May Thanksgiving Day be a day of giving thanks.