After stuffing down a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings, many Americans fall asleep.
That might be just what Mississippians along the
“Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is go home and take a nap,” said Genesse, senior pastor at
Hurricane Katrina slammed into the
Some holiday traditions, such as big family gatherings, football watching or other activities, won’t be possible.
“We have some members who will take advantage of the opportunity to work at home or leave town to get away from it for a while,” said the Rev.
“We normally have a community Thanksgiving service. That’s probably not going to happen,” Genesse said. “Everybody has so many other things going on, that may just be a casualty of scheduling this year. The Baptist church was supposed to host it, but the church is gone. We’re not quite ready to get back to a totally normal routine.”
However, the Rev. RoseMary Williams of DeLisle Mount Zion
Williams thinks many community services will be held. “I think there will be more communities doing things because residents and families can’t come together,” she said. “If it’s warm, families will come together outside, but if it’s cool, they won’t come together. People will get together in unique ways.”
All three pastors said their members appear to be taking a more spiritual approach to Thanksgiving. Their members, the pastors said, are thankful.
“We’ll be less about stuff than the blessings that have come our way in people, resources and funds,”
“We began talking about things to be thankful for, and one of those was the journey of the Israelites and our journey since Katrina,” Williams said. “There were some (who wondered if they had reason to be thankful), but I think those folks have had a transformation of their attitudes. They realize even though the situation is rough, we still have so much to be thankful for.”
Genesse agreed. “We have a number of people who have lost everything. They got out of their houses with the clothes on their backs and are enormously thankful,” he said. “The kinds of things we normally deal with at Thanksgiving tend to be sort of superficial.”
For what will people on the coast thank God?
“People are very thankful for a gazillion things; for where they are, the state of their families, the assistance everybody has provided,” Genesse said. “They are thankful for the support of the body of Christ and each other.”
“I think that there is a spirit of gratitude in our congregation, especially for the work teams that have come,”