Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is our special day of giving thanks to our Lord. A tradition declared in remembrance of that first feast between a group of Pilgrim survivors and their Indian guests. We love this story because centered in it all is gratitude to God for His provision. The story also has that fruit of the Spirit we desire in this life: peace and purpose.

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Col 3:15)

A peaceful meeting between two peoples learning to understand one another without the hatred and violence that came in many other meetings between peoples both in Biblical times and in our nation's history. God showed that it could work if He was involved. The Pilgrims also had purpose in their difficult journey to a wilderness across a stormy ocean. They wanted to plant the light of Jesus in a new land, one in which they would be free to worship without government interference, sponsorship or oversight. We enjoy this freedom today, though the enemies have tried to tear it down.

With peace and purpose, they gathered for a feast in gratitude and faith. And their gratitude on that day almost 400 years ago was directed to God. Thanksgiving is our holiday to give thanks to God, and we love Him! Whether you are feasting or fasting on this day, give thanks to God. You may be joining in a dinner at home or traveling to be a guest, give thanks to God. Just don't do it because you think you must, give thanks out of love and sincere gratitude, give freely to God who gave so much to us.

Love and joy to you on this Thanksgiving Day!


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