Thanksgiving is one holiday that I tried hard not to skip over or rush through. Even though at times it is tempting to put up the tree or hang the Christmas wreath or sip on Peppermint mocha dreaming of sugar plums! This is a holiday that gives me an opportunity to talk with my children about their "freedoms" and "blessings".
A time to reflect on the pilgrims and what they sacrificed to find "freedom" and "liberty". They left their comforts, their family and "life to step on a ship where sickness and danger was all around them". They started a life with the "pure" sweat of their brow in order to worship their God freely and come out from the burdensome government across the sea.
They did not search for a government or place to take care of them...they sought for freedom. Sometimes, I wonder if the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock right now, would they turn that "sail" around and go right back?
Before our very eyes, our freedoms are slowing slipping away. In the name of political correctness or "hate" crimes, social programs, environment/global warming or anything else that Washington labels it...our voice is being silented. If you don't see it, my dear reader, you better wake up!
So in our intent to celebrate Thanksgiving, we acknowledge with our children that our God moves in a mighty way through history and our Lord is ever-continuing and never ceasing in action in time and place. He directs this earth moment by moment to His glorious purposes. Also, God moves in his people through history and one ship began the start of great nation and a reason to give thanks~
Together we read God's Word and reflect on the His blessings...
A wonderful scripture to read at Thanksgiving in Psalm 104~
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God , thou art very great
Thou art clothed with honour and majesty....He sendedth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.
They give drink to every beast of the field; The wild asses quench their thirst.
By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.
He watereth the hills from his chambers; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and the herb for the service of the man; that he may bring forth food out of the arth.
And wine that maketh glad the heart of man and oil to make his face to shine and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.
So I encourage you that before you take that bite of turkey or put that dollop of cool whip on the pumpkin pie...reflect on the "reason" and "history" of this wonderful, American holiday~