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Larry Brincefield

Title: 5 Grains of Corn

Text: Col 3:15-17


The Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock over 375 years ago

knew nothing of the prosperity, which we enjoy today.

During that first winter,

they dug 7 times as many graves for the dead

as they built homes for the living.

Half of their number died the first year.

A second ship was to bring food and relief to the settlers, but when they arrived, they brought 35 additional peopleómeaning more people to feed; but not any additional provisions.

It is touching to see the picture of William Brewster,

rising from dinner, which had been clams and a glass of water,

to thank God for the ďabundance of the sea and the treasures hid in the sandĒ.

The Pilgrims has very little, but they had a great attitude.

It was this spirit and attitude...

that formed a foundation for the beginnings of a new country.

The people were strong, devout, and sincere.

They loved God and worshipped God.

This recognition of God is what has made America great.

Gratitude is one of the greatest Christian virtues.

Ingratitude is one of the most hideous sins.

Thankfulness is a mark of genuine Christianity.

Pilgrims, in the years following that first years

had a custom of putting 5 grains of corn on each empty plate before a thanksgiving dinner.

The father, mother, children, and guests

would each pick up a grain of corn

and tell what they were thankful for.

The significance of the 5 grains of corn was to remind them of their forefathers . . .

those first Pilgrims,

who were living in such difficult circumstances that their daily allowance for each person in the community was 5 grains of corn.

This morning, I would like to share with you what my 5 grains of corn would represent.

My first grain of corn would stand for prosperity

We have physical blessings in bountiful supply.

Godís mercy has been poured out on us beyond measure.

The soil in most sections of our land has given forth produce with abundance.

We live in better homes

have more conveniences

and eat better than most people of the world.

Deuteronomy 8:18 says, ďremember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealthĒ

We can also use the words of the Psalmist,

ďPraise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits" Psalms 103:1-2 (NIV)

"Blessed be the Lord,
Who daily loads us with benefits" Psalms 68:19 (NKJV)

How often have we tried to list the things that we are thankful for:

Our health

Our home

Our families

A job

The conveniences of life.

But, if I thank God for enough money to meet my needs . . .

am I implying that the person who doesnít have enough money for his needs may have a legitimate criticism against God?