A couple thoughts for this week of Thanksgiving:
The “pilgrims” left Europe in 1620 – not for adventure but because they were suffering religious persecution.
The trip across the ocean was treacherous, taking 66 days.
After reaching the wrong landing area, the pilgrims basically lived on the ship all winter. Half of the 102 passengers died from freezing and sickness.
Squanto, the Native American who helped the pilgrims get established had suffered through kidnapping and slavery.
Jump ahead 168 years – George Washington declared a Thanksgiving proclamation following the years of battle for independence.
In 1827, the noted magazine editor and prolific writer Sarah Josepha Hale—author, among countless other things, of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”—launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. For 36 years, she published numerous editorials and sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents and other politicians.
President Lincoln finally made it an official holiday in 1863 in the middle of the horrible, bloody civil war.
Are you struggling this week? Are you struggling to say “Thank you”? You’re not alone. Many others have suffered and struggled and yet have found Thanksgiving. I hope that God gives you strength and grace on this special week.
Psalm 100:4-5 (NIV)
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.