I read recently some of the things that have been taught concerning the reason for Thanksgiving. It blew my mind how far people will go to rewrite history. The reason the pilgrims came to the new world (now the United States of America) was to escape from the tyranny of the British government and for the right to worship as they saw fit. That did not mean all worshiped alike – quite the contrary. There was a variety of methods of worship by pilgrims.
The purpose of Thanksgiving was to give thanks to God. I know that is not being taught nowadays, but the fact that it is not being taught is just another form of rewriting history. I read this passage in the Mills, McLaughlin, Radloff and Ruth Family Pages, entry date Nov. 21, 1620 – “They fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven who brought them over the vast and furious ocean and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof.” (While in Provincetown Harbor, Mills ancestor Susanna Fuller White gave birth to a son, Peregrine.) The voyage from Plymouth had taken 65 days.”
The truth is, we need to give thanks for everything we have every day of the year. God has dozens and dozens of names in the Holy Bible, but one of my favorites is Jehovah Jireh. It means – God is our provider. Because he provides everything we have, it is essential that we give thanks continually.
Psalm 107:1-6 reads – “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.”
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for more things than I have space to mention, but first and foremost, I am thankful for the grace of Jesus Christ. It is that grace that brought me salvation and I am thankful for that grace that came from his death on a cross.
I am thankful for a wonderful family – my wife Joyce, my sons Tony and Michael and my grandchildren Tyler and Caitlin. Add to that a bible class at New Life Family Worship Center that comes to listen to me every week. I am humbled.