Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you are all feeling extra blessed and thankful today-and everyday for that matter! Thanksgiving is more than a day of food and football. It is a day of backing up to see the bigger picture of everything you have to be thankful for.
Last night I was watching “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” These little cartoons by Charles Schultz are a Thanksgiving tradition in my house. Personally, my favorite is the cartoon talking about the first Thanksgiving.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims from England and the Native Americans. The Pilgrims had spent three rough months out at sea, crossing from England to the New World. The King of England had given a handful of people, the Pilgrims, permission to do so in order to escape religious persecution.
These people had complete faith in God; they packed up their lives, left their families, and set out to sea for a place they had never seen so that they could worship God. I don’t know about you, but I think that is truly amazing.
Their path was anything but smooth, and they faced many challenges and hardships, but they finally reached America. These brave Pilgrims changed the course of history. When they arrived, they still had to overcome struggles, but with the help of the Native Americans, by the following year the Pilgrims were flourishing. With invitations in hand, the Natives joined the Pilgrims in thanksgiving for the bounty that God had provided.
The Pilgrims lifted up their thanks to God for everything He had provided them: religious freedom, a bountiful harvest, the Native Americans, and so much more. They put their complete trust in God, even when the situation looked grim, and it really paid off for them. Not only does the history teach us to be thankful, but to trust in God above all things.
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!” Psalm 100:4
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
Have a very happy and thankful Thanksgiving! God’s Blessings to each and every one of you! Remember that even if you feel that you have nothing to be thankful for, you have God, who is worth more than any other jewel or stone! So, lift up your thanks and have a wonderful day!