Cooking A Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner – Yes I Can – Thanks, Almighty God!

Yes, dear Reader,
Unlike many men, especially old-school men such as myself,
I’m capable of planning and cooking
a full-blown turkey-and-stuffing anchored;
mashed potato filled;
two vegetable enhanced;
candied sweet ‘tater and
green bean casserole complimented;
cranberry sauce enlivened;
dinner-roll augmented;
and pie-crowned Thanksgiving dinner.
I don’t want that to sound like bragging,
nor self-exaltation,
it’s just the truth.
Here’s the thing:

It’s a blessing that I can cook almost anything,
and even do a little baking, but the blessing came at the expense of my mother’s suffering.

You see, when I was 13, my mother dislocated her elbow during a fall. That very painful injury prevented or hampered her doing many of her homemaking duties including cooking the daily family meals. As the eldest child, I was appointed Cook’s Assistant. Until she was fully healed, I performed the mechanical operations of cooking while poor plaster-casted Mom directed me and taught me. That was one of my life’s momentous turning points, because I have used those cooking skills countless times for my own benefit and for the benefit of others.
Today, Mom is on my mind.
Thanks, Mom, for teaching me to cook and for everything else you did and taught.
Thanks, Father God, for Mom and for all my many blessings.
Thanks for my ability to imagine and invent things, and for the ability to make, and build, and create the things I imagined – everything from small tools to buildings and a home, and thanks for the ability to repair, or at least “rig up” almost anything. Thanks, God, for the ability to grow food on Your land. Most of all, thanks, Lord for the very surprising gift of the ability to write.
As much as I like to cook, I’d rather write about cooking.
I’d rather write than do almost anything else.
As for Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that this website is partial fulfillment of my God-given purpose. More than anything else, I’m thankful to You, Lord,
for gathering me to Yourself and giving me the joy of salvation –
the joy of knowing You!

“O, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good!
His loving mercies endure forever!
O, give constant thanks unto the Lord!”

Happy Thanksgiving, dear Reader!



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol Ann Hoel
    Nov 22, 2015 @ 20:07:42

    Your Thanksgiving dinner sounds delicious. I can imagine how much your mom needed and appreciated your help during her time of healing and rehabilitation. I recently broke my wrist. The bone has healed and I’m involved in physical therapy now to be able to use my hand again. It takes time. Blessings to you, Len…


    • Gloryteller
      Nov 25, 2015 @ 00:35:40

      I’m sorry to hear of your misfortune. May God hasten your recovery. Thanks for liking my dinner, haha. You are invited to partake anytime! Taste and see! Bless you and yours, Carol Ann.

  2. jmsabbagh
    Nov 21, 2015 @ 15:02:26

    Happy thanksgivings .Enjoy the feast.


  3. ronald long
    Nov 20, 2015 @ 17:29:52

     I Timothy5 
    But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

    Well brother I was right there with you till you started all that cooking. We love to build, create etc. but my cooking only keeps me from starving to death. Some days I just get tired of the untrained chef I am living with (me) and I want throw him overboard. Thanks for the Thanks thoughts, and how true they are. May we all focus on thanks this year as if it may be our last. If your meal is as good as your writing I’ll drive all the way to your house to join you…… Lord Bless   ron


    • Gloryteller
      Nov 21, 2015 @ 17:12:04

      You had better keep that old galley-hand around a bit longer. Yes, give thanks as if this thanks is our last thanks this side of Heaven! If need be, I will drive to your house to cook for you. Brotherly blessings to you and yours. L<

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