"Give thanks to Him and praise His name." Psalm 100:4
"The Pilgrims decided to have a special day to thank God for all He had given them. They had done this at harvest time in England.
Now they wanted to have a Thanksgiving feast and invite the Indian chief and his people.
And what a feast it was!
The day of the Thanksgiving dinner was warm and pleasant. Long tables were set out-of-doors. Probably the Pilgrims dressed in the best clothes they had, the men wearing their big, wide hats instead of work caps.
The Indian chief and the governor of Plymouth sat at one table. Some sat at tables - some on the ground. Elder Brewster, the minister, said a prayer, giving thanks to God for homes and food and safety in a new land.
The Indians may have understood about the prayer, for their people had a Thanksgiving prayer of their own. They gave thanks to their God, who made 'the trees grow, the corn grow, and all kinds of fruits.'
After the feast the settlers played games. The Indians danced. The Indians stayed for three days.
The Pilgrims did not forget the hard times. They knew there would be difficult times to come. Still, they felt they had many things to be thankful for. They had food and houses and warm fires. The Indians were their friends. They were free in this new land. Free to work, to make their homes, to worship God in their own way.
Perhaps they sang the hymn they had brought to the New World with them:
'Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below...'"
(excerpt from The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh.)
Happy Thanksgiving! thank you, Father, for providing our daily bread and so, so much more. may we sing with thankfulness in our hearts to You!
Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications.
If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait,
And in His word do I hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than the watchmen for the morning;
Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is lovingkindness,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
And He will redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.
intentionally, i waited to publish this post until after Veterans Day, because in my mind everyday is Veterans Day.
to the men and women of our U.S. Military and all who serve in uniform (past, present and future)...thank you for selflessly sacrificing everything everyday for the freedom we so freely receive. we are forever indebted to you and your families. God's grace and peace be with you!
to everyone else...the next time you see a service man or woman take a moment to personally thank them and their families for protecting and defending our freedom. go one step further and buy their meal at the restaurant where you are eating or their coffee in the drive-thru of your favorite coffee shop (wherever you may be)!
i'm not alright. i'm broken inside. but i know that all i go through leads me to Him.
somewhat unexpectantly, we lost our puppy. A.J. has been terribly sick since we brought him home and broken. i say broken, because he wasn't fixable. tonight, our hearts hurt. yet, we are thankful that A.J. no longer hurts.
life can be so hard! i dislike being an adult. i dislike the trying times. i dislike making tough decisions. i dislike telling my children that their puppy is gone. i dislike pain and emptiness.
tonight, i'm not alright. i'm broken inside. i need Him to lead me on. because, honestly, i'm not that strong.
A.J. (2.8.11 - 11.10.11)
A.J., we miss you! your memory will be forever with us!