Yesterday I was thinking. I was thinking about all the things I ws honestly thankful for... and some of the things I should be thankful for :p But then I watched Charlie Brown Thanskgiving and they were talking about the first Thanksgiving. When it comes to Christmas, when you grow up around a wonderful church and a christian family you always remember the first Christmas, or atleast you are reminded of it and the story of Christ being born and the star and the wise men. But when it comes to Thanksgiving, the only time we really think about the first Thanksgiving is when your elementary school is putting on a small school play or you dress up like pilgrims and indians for a class party. Think about it, the pilgrims, they sailed on that forsaken ship for a very long time. Many of them died coming to America, those ships were way more danger then movies make them look. The rats carried diseases, once someone caught a disease, you all did. Sea sickness is horrible... and if you were prone to that and got it all the time, you would be miserable. People you loved died daily and the food made you want to join them. Then, finally, they land... and there are PEOPLE already there. People who don't look like you (which back then would be a big big deal), people with weapons that you have never seen, and just when you thought you were safe getting off the boat, those people threatened your lives daily as well. You also didn't know how to plant or harvest anything to eat because it was new land. Then, when you finally get the hang of it and you realize that there is actually food to harvest and it is ready to eat and your "enemies" come in peace and celebrate with you. Now that is something to be thankful for. There were only 53 pilgrims left on that Thanksgiving Day, 53 who had lost almost everything but kept trudging on. 53 that trusted in God and were blessed for their trust on one fall afternoon. 53 pilgrims who worshipped God for his mercy and love. We complain in all this comfort everyday but then on Thanksgiving we thank God for what we have. Those pilgrims, I am sure thanked God for their life all the time. Its just amazing. Its amazing we have so much and they had so little and they still thanked God for what they had. The pilgrims amaze me.
How glorious is God to give us so much when we deserve so little? When we lose so little, we still wait for the once a year to seriously sit and think about what God has given us. It goes to show you how different America was when it first came to be and how it is now. Praise God for the good. Praise God for the bad. Praise God daily, for he is good.
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