A season of Thanksgiving. A time where we can pause and reflect on what we have to be thankful for. Do you find it easy or difficult to be thankful? The care and burdens of this world can challenge us at times to be thankful and take away from us the opportunity we have to thank God for his goodness toward us.
There was a time that just the basic needs of shelter, peace and food were things to be thankful for. Those pilgrims that came to settle this land and seek freedom at times found the basic necessities lacking. Governor William Bradford, Plymouth Colony - "To all ye pilgrims: Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now, I your magistrate do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November ye 29th of the year of our Lord, one thousand six hundred and twenty-three, and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor, and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings."
1st Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” The ability through Jesus to gain victory over this present world surely gives us something to be thankful for.
Psalms 136:1 “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Each of us benefit from the mercy of God. During this Thanksgiving season challenge yourself to be truly thankful to God.
Enjoy your coffee!
Love you all,
Gary W. Hall, Pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.