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Recognizing our Blessings!

When we think back to what we were taught about the history of Thanksgiving we usually think about the Pilgrims and the Indians. The first settlers of the New World who risked everything. Their lives, their reputations, and often times their very family for freedom.

The journey over to the new world was anything but easy. Throughout the journey, they ran into quite a few problems. Even having to turn back and cram onto one ship as opposed to the two they were planning on taking.  Once they finally landed in the new world their trials were far from over. Shortly after landing winter set in and the Pilgrims were NOT prepared. Several of the people fell ill and died. Come Spring they wondered if they should head back. After much discussion they decided to stay.

Shortly after, Squanto a local Indian who happened to speak English approached the new settlement and offered some much needed help. Teaching the pilgrims how to hunt and plant corn in this New World. When the harvest came that next year the Pilgrims had much to be thankful for. They had made new friends and survived a very difficult year in this New World. They had seen first hand how God had graciously provided for all of their needs and guided them to the freedom they desperately desired.

A little over 160 years later America would would stand up and fight for what they felt was right. The freedom of all people to worship how they see fit and the right to be represented and the voices of the common man to be heard. Nearly 250 years later we as a Nation are still reaping the benefits and blessings of those courageous Pilgrims and all who are willing to face the unknown to protect the freedoms that we are blessed to have today.

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching it’s often easy to list off all the things that we are thankful for. A warm house, family, being together, good food to eat and so much more. But do we really think about all the ways that we’ve been blessed? John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

We’ve been blessed with so many material blessings in this Nation; but do we think about the Spiritual blessings that God has so graciously bestowed?

“He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far  He removed  our transgressions from us.”
~Psalm 103:10-12

“…And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…”
~Isaiah 9:6b-7a

“…And they shall call His name Immanuel,  which is translated, ‘God with us'”.
~Matthew 1:22-23

And you know what? The Bible is FULL of promises made and promises kept just like the ones above. This Thanksgiving let’s remember to thank God for all of our blessings…material and Spiritual.

Until next Time,

Bailey Sue