Landing at Tillamook on a calm day, photo courtesy USCG
As a result, expected provisions brought by the lighthouse tender were often delayed by stormy seas.
Thanksgiving of 1913 was one of those times. Weather conditions had been so adverse, the tender was unable to deliver any supplies. The holiday looked bleak for the keepers who wondered what they had to be thankful for in such dismal conditions. Not only would they be without their families, they’d miss the traditional feast. No turkey would be enjoyed on Tillamook Rock.
Just when things looked their worst, two ducks crashed into the lantern and fell dead on the metal gallery. The keepers wasted no time preparing the birds for dinner, and enjoyed roasted duck for their Thanksgiving meal, truly thankful for the gift from heaven which fell at just the right time.
Have you ever received a gift from heaven at just the right time? I have, in fact I did today, and for that I am even more thankful.
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind,” Psalm 107:31
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!