In America’s earliest permanent settlers, the Pilgrims, were people who were inspired by profound religious beliefs to overcome incredible odds. Before their voyage, the congregation, who had fled England for Holland, set aside a day of worship and thanksgiving to prepare for the journey. The day was described as being filled “with the joy of grief.”n our society today, the figure of Santa Claus dominates Christmas and the Easter Bunny has become the figure at Easter. And now, some people even refer to Thanksgiving Day as “Turkey Day.” It seems likely accurate as I believe most people give more attention to the preparation and consumption of turkey on Thanksgiving than they do the expression of thanks.
The Pilgrims traveled to the New World on one of the most difficult journeys thought possible. In spite of drastic and unforeseen weather changes, fierce storms, and icebound shores, the Pilgrims pressed trusting that the Lord. And when they arrived, they immediately set aside a day of worship and thanksgiving.
Their suffering did not end when they arrived at Plymouth Rock in December 1620. They faced a harsh winter which claimed the lives of half their colony. And when spring arrived, they once again stopped and gave thanks to God.
They planted and reaped their first harvest, giving hope of survival and God’s blessing. It was a time of great thanksgiving to God and this is the day that we commemorate on our November holiday. It’s amazing to me that they expressed thanks before, during and after some of the most difficult circumstances. The Bible echoes this – to be thankful in everything, at all times, continually.
There are 138 passages of Scripture that deal with the subject of thanksgiving throughout the entire Bible. Two of my favorites are:
1 Chronicles 16:34: “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.”
Psalm 95:2-3: “Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.”
As we enter this Thanksgiving season, let us thank God for America and the Pilgrims and those who built our nation on Biblical principles. Let us never forget that this country was built on Biblical truth set forth in the Old and New Testaments. May we give thanks unto the Lord for He is good and His mercy endureth forever. Always remember, trust in the Lord.
Grateful to God,
His blessings overflow,