Blogger: Mary Keeley
Despite the death of roughly half the Pilgrims during the first harsh winter of the Plymouth colony, the grieving survivors celebrated several days of thanksgiving to God for his care and bountiful harvest the next year. Though life was hard not one Pilgrim gave up and went back when the Mayflower returned to England.
- Freedom to worship and live as you choose
- Living in a democracy where your vote counts
- A roof over your head and food on your table; furnaces for heat and A/C for cooling
- Education opportunities
- Health and advancements in medicine
- Family and friends; your church community; your writing community
- Sunshine, rain, and yes…snow; the beauty of creation that God designed for us to enjoy
- Your giftedness in writing
- Your difficult seasons, when God stretches you and grows you spiritually to know him more closely.
Add to the list and personalize it for your own special thanks-giving list.
How better to express thanksgiving to God for these blessings we enjoy and often take for granted than to quote Psalm 95: 1-6:
1Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3 For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
Let’s all make a joyful noise to the Lord today, lifting up our songs of thanksgiving and praise to him. It is fitting and right. I’ll be doing so with my family, as you may be with yours. But feel free to share your grateful thoughts here among our community as well. Happy Thanksgiving.
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