Give Thanks to Our God
I was asked to write the blog for November, and in so doing my mind goes back to 1620. In the month of November we celebrate Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is more than turkey and warm pumpkin pie. It’s more than families gathering around a table.
In August 1620, the Mayflower – a 180 ton ship – set sail from Southampton, England with 102 passengers. Their intended destination was off the coast of Virginia where other pilgrims had begun a colony, but because of the stormy weather they had to endure, they spotted the coast of Massachusetts instead. They anchored at a place called Plymouth Rock.
Before disembarking to explore the territory, the Pilgrims devised the Mayflower Compact. It was to serve as the basis for governing their new colony, where all would have the freedom to worship as they chose. They came seeking religious freedom. However it was not without cost, as many died that first harsh winter. Some days as many as two or three a day died because of infections and sickness.
Today as I look back I see clearly the blessings and favor of God on our country and our personal lives. Let us never forget what built this country. And let us always give thanks to our God for all his blessings.
Psalms 92:1: It is a good thing to give thanks unto our LORD, and sing praises unto thy name, O most High.
Paul Smith is Associate Pastor of Spirit Life Fellowship Church.
Posted on 11/14/2013 8:33 AM by Paul Smith