Horn of Plenty (Cornucopia)
The word Cornucopia comes from the Latin cornu copiae which means “horn of plenty.” Since ancient times, it has been a symbol of the earth’s bounty – particularly associated with the harvest season.
The symbol originated in ancient times but came to be associated with early America and “its seemingly endless supply of game and produce” (Sue Ellen Thompson, Holiday Symbols).
America has been greatly blessed with abundance throughout its history, but it gives us pause to remember the great want that the Pilgrims suffered during their first winter in America. Yet, they never ceased to recognize their utter dependence on God, and He was faithful to provide for them “all things in good plenty” the following harvest season of 1621 (William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647).
May we recognize, as the Pilgrims did, that every good thing comes from God and “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) to Him from whom all blessings flow.
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