Among the rolling hills of Madison County sits a tiny cabin, lovingly handcrafted by a meticulous woodworker. Each year the cabin comes alive when he and his wife host a harvest party—a gathering of family, friends and coworkers—to give praise and thanksgiving to the Lord.
Deep in the Heartland, when the seasons of spring rains and sweltering summer days come to an end, the weather turns crisp and the lush prairie bursts with grain. Huge combines, trailed by wagons, comb the fields gathering the harvest, a noisy and dusty process that runs day and night. When storehouses are full the countryside quiets. The long hours of work are over and a time for resting in God’s provision is at hand.
Here, beneath a vast October sky, believers joyfully offer thanks to God for His magnificent supply. The harvest party held at the little cabin is relaxed and easygoing. Planning is simple and so is the day. The hosts set the date and provide tables and chairs, decorations and main dishes. Guests pitch in with setting and cleaning up, providing music and games, and bringing side dishes, desserts and drinks.
Friends arrive throughout the afternoon and are greeted with appetizers and refreshing beverages. As the day wanes, fire pits offer up delicious meats and vegetables. Beef, pork and chicken skewered on long rods, cooked juicy on the inside and crusty on the outside, and fork-tender root vegetables brushed with garlic-infused olive oil and herbs. The mouthwatering fragrance of grilled foods invites guests to the make-shift buffet to watch as tender meat is sliced directly from skewers. Before plates are filled and the leisurely evening begins, everyone joins together to say a prayer of thanksgiving—a fitting tribute to our generous and loving God.
Written by Wanda Ventling | Photographed by King Au