Counting (A FMF writing exercise on Five)

I must admit that I was a little disappointed when I saw that five was the writing prompt for this week. This was not where I was hoping to go. I started to just start writing random facts about five until I remembered something the President on my college said. Dr Herbert Gabhart gave the same sermon in chapel all four of my college years . I also heard it when he was the guest pastor at our church on a couple of different occasions. I had heard it so many times that I would switch off as soon as he began speaking because I knew what was coming next. It wasn’t a bad sermon; I just thought I had garnered all I could from it after the first time so I probably dozed more than not. It was entitled The Five Kernels of Corn and was based on the legend of the Pilgrims putting five kernels of corn on their plates after the first Thanksgiving as a reminder when they celebrated later harvests.

The first kernel was a reminder of autumn and the beauty around us.  As I sweated through every thing I was wearing yesterday mowing the lawn, I noticed how the heat had made our patio garden shrivel up pitifully.  Relief is coming. The coolness of fall and the changing of the leaves gives something to look forward to.

The second kernel is a reminder of the love of our family.  I was so fortunate to be brought up in a Christian home with godly parents.  Then I think about my loving wife and our kids and hope they see just a little of Christ in me.  Both my brothers and their families live close by so we have lots of family support.

In the first rendition of the poem I found, the third kernel represents being happy with all we have.  The sounds really good but it was not the way I remembered Dr Gabhart telling it so I searched for an original version.  When I discovered it the original form, the third kernel was a reminder of the love of God.  If God is taken out of the equation, it makes it very difficult to be content.  God loves us and is with us no matter the situation so we can be happy where we are because He is with us.

The fourth kernel was about the support and love of friends.  The Pilgrims learned how to farm from their Native friends.  Our family is so blessed to have a wonderful church family to lean on.  Not to mention neighbors like mine who cut my grass while I was incapacitated following a recent injury.

Finally, the fifth kernel is a reminder that we live in a free country.  For the Pilgrims, this meant they could freely worship God in the way they felt guided.  Their and our real freedom as believers comes from Jesus.  John 8:36 says that the Son has set us free so we are really free.

It’s good to stop and count all the things for which I’m thankful besides the fourth Thursday in November.

Today’s prompt, five, goes to show that sometimes we learn something even if we don’t think we will pick anything up.  So sorry, Dr Gabhart, maybe I got more out of chapel than I thought.  It looks like I was listening after all.

The only thing is that now I have this weird craving for turkey and dressing.

John 8:34-36

34 Jesus responded, “I assure you: Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 A slave does not remain in the household forever, but a son does remain forever. 36 Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Visiting as your FMF neighbor. We’re always listening … even when we’re not! Nice analogy … and you made me hungry for turkey and dressing too!


  2. Don’t matter none that I am dying,
    and that the end is washed in blood.
    The flags of blessing, snapping, flying,
    tell of grace that’s come in flood.
    I’m surrounded here by rescue dogs,
    waggy-tails for grateful life;
    I wear my stylish bushman togs,
    and, oh, yes, I have a wife.
    Cancer’s been a bonza foe,
    unfair and cruel and mean.
    I’ve fought him hard with all I know
    down to the last full magazine.
    My legacy would sore diminish
    if I did not find a hard-man finish.

    #1 at FMF this week.


    • Thank you for reading and always for your responses. I’ll continue to pray for you and your wife. I lost both my parents to different kinds of cancer and I just don’t get it but then again it’s not up to me to get it. Continue to fight the good fight and run the good race because God is good all the time even when we don’t get it.


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