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Thanksgiving Day – Relearning and Reliving That Day in History

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia.

In the year 1620 A.D, 102 English settlers, called the Pilgrims, and their crew of about 30 men, arrived at Plymouth Rock, what is now Plymouth, Massachusettes, on their ship, the Mayflower.  These people had a deep faith in God, and believed that they were on a mission from God.  In spite of the cold weather and the lack of food, they gave thanks to God for the safe journey across the Atlantic Ocean. and for the freedom from an unjust government. It was a very harsh winter, and by Spring only 52 Pilgrims were still alive.

The Mayflower Was an English Ship That Famously Transported the First English Puritans, Known Today as the Pilgrims, from Plymouth, England to the New World in 1620

The Native American Indian chief, Squanto, had pity on these settlers and befriended them.  He and his tribe taught them what things to grow, gave them seeds and told them when to plant them.  By Fall they had a bountiful harvest.  In gratefulness to God, they had a worship service, and then they had a feast and invited their Indian friends to join them.  Five of the remaining women made the meal, and there was joyful celebration of friendship. Two hundred and fifty years later President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday.

The Word “Thanksgiving” Comes from the Old Anglo-saxon Term That Meant “Thinkfulness”.

If you can’t think of anything to be thankful for, you have a very poor memory!  Psalm 103:2 says,

“Bless the Lord, O My Soul, and Forget Not All His Benefits.”

The psalmist is saying:

“God Has Given Me So Many Benefits That I May Forget Some of Them, But Don’t Let Me Forget All of Them.”

A story is told of a gifted preacher who suffered a nervous breakdown.  A friend told him that, by God’s enabling, he could overcome his depression. The key was to practice thanksgiving, in obedience to God’s Word.  He suggested that the minister think of all the people who had a special influence on his life over the years. Then he asked, “Did you ever thank any of them?”  The down-hearted man confessed that he couldn’t ever recall doing so. His friend challenged him to think of one person and write to him, expressing his appreciation.  The pastor took his advice, and when he learned that his letter had greatly encouraged the person, his heart was lightened. So he jotted down a list of all who had helped him, a list of over 500 names, and he wrote a letter of appreciation to each one. As he counted his blessings, the depression left him. Realizing that God had been showering him with encouragement through these individuals, he began thanking God daily for His love and goodness. Let’s take the advice of hymn writer, Johnson Oatman, Jr.

“Count Your Blessings, Name Them One-by-one: Count Your Many Blessings, See What God Hath Done.”

Psalm 92:1-2 says,

“It Is Good to Give Thanks to the Lord, And to Sing Praises to Thy Name, O Most High; To Declare Thy Lovingkindness in the Morning, And Thy Faithfulness by Night.” 

Thankfulness is good for us because it leads to a deeper fellowship with God, to growth in godliness, and to wholeheartedness in daily living.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 says,

“Rejoice Always, Pray Without Ceasing, in Everything Give Thanks, for This Is God’s Will for You in Christ Jesus.”  

Remember, God never gives a command without providing the desire and the power to obey it.  His grace is always sufficient if we humbly depend upon Him completely, and confidently ask Him to supply it.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!  May every day of your life be Thanksgiving Day!

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  1. THANKFULNESS: A little boy was asked by his father to say grace at the table. While the rest of the family waited, the little boy eyed every dish of food his mother had prepared. After the examination, he bowed his head and honestly prayed, “Lord, I don’t like the looks of it, but I thank you for it, and I’ll eat it anyway. Amen.”

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Welcome to this blog site. My name is Tom Drenoske. I am the third in a line of four with that name, and currently live in a suburb of Portland, Oregon. I became a Christian on Christmas Eve, 1970. In 1978 I graduated from Multnomah School of the Bible’s one-year Graduate Program. Four years later I graduated from Denver Seminary with a Master’s degree in Biblical Literature. I have enjoyed over 25 years of ministry as a campus minister, pastor, interim pastor, and chaplain. Please go to the About Page at the back of this site for more information about me, my reasons for setting up this blog site with Word Press, and an introduction to the sermons I am placing on this site. These sermons on my blog site, wisdomfromabove.net, are thorough, devotional, scriptural, understandable, practical and enjoyable. I prefer to study through a book of the Bible, chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse, and am currently in the Gospel of John. I have also written several devotional articles for the Godinterest blogsite. Thank you for visiting. Please come again. I welcome any comments or questions you might have.

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