Amid the flurry of activity this week, I was reminded of the reason we’re getting together on Thanksgiving. We’re supposed to emulate the Pilgrims on their first Thanksgiving. Though 378 years separate us from our progenitors, we may have more in common that we think.
The Pilgrims first carried over a tradition from England which they called a Harvest Celebration. They chose to thank God for being alive and surviving their first brutal winter. Out of 102 original colonists, only 53 survived. Likewise, we can be thankful some of us were spared from the brutal virus. Scores of our friends weren’t.
The Pilgrims shared their provisions with their Native American friends (90 of them!) We share our provisions with our families and friends. Ever consider inviting a lonely person to your Thanksgiving feast?
The Pilgrims arrived on our shores seeking freedom to worship the God of heaven. Have we given thanks that most of us can attend the church of our choice?
Thanksgiving, to many people, means a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. It’s one of the few times we busy Americans make time to get together with family (even if it means tolerating that cantankerous relative). However, eternity waits just around the corner. Let’s remember the benefits we still have and thank the God of heaven for them.
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