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The Sacrificial Turkey

The Sacrificial Turkey


Millions intend on gathering together this Thursday to celebrate with family and friends. Honey baked ham, rice, gravy, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, corn, broccoli, stuffing, yams, devil eggs, buttered rolls, ice cream, sweet potato pies and a myriad of other favorite dishes cooked just for this occasion will occupy the entire table. But with all the trimmings, the turkey remains the centerpiece…ahhh…the sacrificial turkey!

I think about the turkey with mixed feelings. It lies on the platter so nice, plump, brown, and juicy ready to be enjoyed. Yet, it beckons a bit of sadness in the fact that the turkey sacrificed its life for my enjoyment. Sounds familiar?

See, whereas millions of turkeys all over the world sacrifice themselves for one day of celebration, one lamb (Jesus) sacrificed Himself for millions to celebrate eternally. And just as we feast on the turkey and go back for seconds, Jesus invites us to feast on Him. He sacrificed His life for our enjoyment. In fact, His word says, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). And not just for one day, but for every day that you live.

Jesus desires to be the centerpiece of your life, and He wants to fill your plate. But not just for one day. He wants you coming back every day for seconds and thirds until you become full.

I will enjoy the turkey, and I will relish in all the trimmings despite my momentary sadness of the sacrifice the bird made. But I am reminded that each year, men continue to offer the blood of turkeys as sacrifices for a one day meal. But Jesus offered not the blood of animals, but Himself as a full and final sacrifice for our sins.

I don’t know about you, but that’s worth celebrating! That’s worth any turkey meal I could ever eat. So I will give thanks to Jesus, not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of my life. Because with His sacrifice, I can forever partake of His life. Why? Simply…


Because I Am CUTE


From our Home to yours, Have a Thankful Thanksgiving!


  1. Martha Malone says:

    Sister Pat, you ALWAYS bring us thought
    Provoking analogies. Thank you for All you and your family do for our OCBF family and others. We Love you all. From Lee and Martha Malone family to yours. Happy Blessed and Thankful Thanksgiving!!!!

  2. Ryan Noble says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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