Supply chain shortages and inflation lead to expensive Thanksgiving Day dinners in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, frozen turkey inventories are 24-percent below their three-year average due to the supply chain shortage.
Plus, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the cost of all food is up five percent from last year, with turkey prices skyrocketing nearly 70-percent since 2019.
“We have new issues, [including] hoping the food gets there for our celebrations. What will we be eating for Thanksgiving? It might be peanut butter and jelly if we can’t find the turkey!” Ron Hutchcraft of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries jokes.
Even if Thanksgiving looks a little different this year, the idea of spending an entire day with family is exciting for some. Others anticipate the holidays with dread. U.S. society is divided on so many issues, Hutchcraft says.
“Things are so polarized and so sensitive; even saying the wrong word can add to the controversy.”
As a believer, you are Christ’s ambassador in every situation – including Thanksgiving dinner. Nonbelievers might assume your personal opinions on an issue reflect the teachings of Jesus. So, how do you navigate potentially-divisive conversations? Hutchcraft gives three tips below.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth