Maybe one stood for the food and drink in front of them at the table — a stark contrast to the rationed corn. Maybe another stood for their present health and the babies born in the new world — a blessing compared to the disease and death of the ship. Still another might have represented the log homes they had carved out of the wilderness a comfort compared to the cold, damp hull of the ship. And yet another may have stood for the friendships they had made with the Native peoples — companionship in a strange and sometimes lonely place. But I would venture a guess that the most important of the five kernels probably spoke to their hearts about a loving, giving, providential Heavenly Father who had saved and restored them.
Their response? Thanksgiving. Abundant, heart-felt gratitude for the many blessings that many of us take for granted everyday. Food. Health. Shelter. Family and friends. Most of all God. This Thanksgiving, in the midst of family, food and football, take a moment to identify what your five kernels of corn would represent. Chances are your heart will flow with gratitude as well.