This was at the close of another difficult century in Europe. The continent was beginning to re-emerge from losses as a result of the Crusades. By this time all over Western Europe up to Cordoba and beyond, the middle class was now re-establishing itself. Emperors were still licking their wounds, great halls of learning were just beginning to open their doors to pupils. And these were Institutions which would go on to pronounce laws and orders for a rapidly changing European continent. Indeed this was an age of intellectualism. But the Eastern knowledge, such as Aristotelian and Platonism were now gaining ground, too, as a force for good on the continent. And although the Byzantine empire was weakened, Christianity and Christendom would go on to gain huge followings.
Just a few block away, under the shadow of the castle of a mighty emperor lived a farmer, his wife, his sons and daughters. They were poor. It’s Thanksgiving and they have just gathered for the Thanksgiving dinner. But earlier that day, his wife, a hardworking woman and mother of his children, has gone to work to prepare a wild turkey dish, using the family’s favorite spaces like; ground black pepper, rosemary, dried sage, some garlic powder and much more to bake the turkey. Then the food was ready. The children who were now grinning with anticipation could no longer mask their impatience. Let’s bow in prayer, the poor father finally announced. They were mostly a happy family.
Meanwhile, in the nearby Castle, the great Emperor has been pacing up and down through the long corridor. All day the great man has been deep in thought about questions and dangers surrounding his sovereignty. But the Emperor has also forgotten it’s Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Visiblehelpers, on this Christian Holiday.