It’s that time when practically the whole nation settles down, gathers with their friends and/or family, and enjoys a wonderful meal and conversation. However, does every single person really look back at the history behind this national holiday? Some may think it’s all about the turkey, pumpkin pie, games, Martinelli’s Sparkling cider, or just staying up late. But, really it is a holiday representing the very early days of our nation.
The first Thanksgiving happened in 1621 at Plymouth (present day Massachusetts) celebrating a plentiful harvest by the pilgrims. The pilgrims as most everyone knows, were people coming from England to American, in order to worship God freely without the oppressive King demanding them to do otherwise. So, they set out on the Mayflower in 1620 to seek freedom from England. This is how our nation began. Yes, there were many hardships in this new land, and many died, but they still endured. The new freedom that they had discovered was Providence to them and they were probably extremely grateful.
The following year in 1621, they had a bountiful harvest. This is when the First Thanksgiving came around. They all celebrated for 3 days, and thanked God for His ultimate provision in their new lives on this new land. The First Thanksgiving was a huge harvest feast, in which 90 Indians were also present. “Thanksgivings” were tradition for pilgrims, where they would set aside time to pray for 3 days, however this Thanksgiving was a special day of praise to God for His blessings in the harvest.
Showing your gratitude can be hard some times. I know I struggle with this too. But I would encourage you, as well as myself, to find things in your day to be thankful for and then show that you are thankful by thanking God for all that He has given you. Even if it’s something small, give thanks. God has done so much for us already, so what should our response be? Just like the pilgrims, who thanked God for bringing them to a new, free land and giving them a good harvest, so should we give thanks to God for all that He has done in our lives.
First and foremost, God sent His only Son, Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and the sins of the world. He did this so that we could accept Him into our lives and receive eternal life in Heaven with Him. God did not have to do this. He could have left mankind the way he was; sinners without a Savior. But He didn’t!!! Praise the Lord! Because of the cross, if you accept Jesus Christ into your life, you will living forever in Heaven with God. How amazing is that!?
Also, just look around you. Look at all the material things God has given you. Man may have made them, but God allowed you to have them. Your house, clothing, food, family, friends, and your life. God, the God of the universe can take ALL that away in a blink of an eye. But, God is such a gracious God, and He allows us to have those things and much more. Even though today is Thanksgiving, as Christians we should be thankful every day. Not just one day out of the entire year. 🙂
I hope you all have a blessed day with friends and/or family!
“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.”