While homeschooling our oldest son, we read about the very first Thanksgiving. The timing worked out perfectly – about a week ago I found myself reading along to The Good & Beautiful curriculum, teaching my boys all about pilgrims (Puritans) landing on Plymouth. Many died the first winter, mostly from sickness but also from starvation. Squanto taught the Puritans how to plant, work and harvest the land:
Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years and remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.https://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving
These two groups became one.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us of our trespasses, and forgive those who trespass against us (Matt. 6:11-13).
May this be the prayer for all of us this season. May we pray for what we need for today. May we focus on this moment, right where we are, in whatever season we are in. May we humbly ask God to forgive us of our sins and let that forgiveness flow outwards towards others. May we forgive those around us who have hurt us, who have let us down, who have disappointed us. May we come together in unity and harmony. We have been given so much grace from God and may we extend that grace to others.
Let us remember to be thankful for all that God graciously gives us.
As Christians, we have been given an amazing gift: eternal life!
I pray that wherever you are and whatever season you are in right now, that you remember the greatest gift we have been given: Christ died for our sins so we could have eternal life with our Father.
So if you are waiting – waiting for a boyfriend; waiting for a spouse; waiting for a baby; waiting for a promotion; waiting for [fill in the blank], that you remember that this is just a season and God’s plan is always best.
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. (Ecc. 3:1-11)
God has made everything beautiful for its own time.
His timing is always right.
We cannot see all that God has planned for our lives, but we can rest in His grace, His comfort, and have faith in God, who loves us dearly.
May you all have a very blessed and healthy Thanksgiving.