Giving thanks. We live in a time and nation where we, in general, have more than anyone else ever has. Heat in our homes, food on our tables, reasonably stable lives, medicine and doctors to keep us well.
The pilgrims left Europe for freedom of worship. They came to a new world, ready to build a new town or county; I wonder if they knew what that meant when so far from home?
What we consider everyday things took so much work, prayer, and sheer will power for the early settlers in this country. Over half of them died, others had been terribly sick. Out in the heat and cold to find animals they could shoot (with blunderbusses! Just try that!), tilling soil that had never been tilled to plant vegetables and fruits never grown in this country before, having and raising children in such harsh conditions while starving.
Their struggle prompted Thanksgiving Day. One day to give thanks to God who had bought them safely though all of this and made their work prosper. They also invited the Native Americans who had helped them, and shown then how to do so many new things, they needed to know in this new world; Native Americans and Pilgrims sharing the meal together.
Today, we can add so many other things to our list! Electricity, quick modes of transportation, shopping centers and grocery stores. Those early pilgrims would be astounded to see such things!
We are all thankful for our health, our food, our shelter. Many of us are thankful for our loved ones living through fires, wars, and violence; for better economic conditions (while many still look forward to better days), opportunities to work; to worship freely, and to live freely. As a country and a people, we also set aside one day to give thanks for all the good things we have.
What are you thankful for this year?
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