Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Pilgrims

Happy Thanksgiving, and
Think it Not Strange!

by Steve Arteburn

These are my very cool pilgrims that I have for over 20 years. I got them when you couldn't
find any decorations for Thanksgiving~times have changed but they were really rare in those days

"I was thinking about Thanksgiving the other day and I read something that stopped me. It was this: "The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts … nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving." Boy, doesn't that say a lot!

Think about it. Our forefathers—the courageous men and women who came to this country on the Mayflower, had a pretty tough go of things. And in spite of a huge loss of life and incredible hardship they kept their faith and thanked God, when all they had was a sorry place to live and the hope that they would grow or kill enough food to eat. Others had been wiped out before them and they might be next, but they gave thanks anyway.

Just think about that for a moment and then think about your life. We've all had pain in our lives, and you maybe have experienced hurt and suffering that is beyond what we think anyone should have to go through; yet we are called to pause and give thanks to God for Him and His incredible blessings no matter what our circumstances."

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstance, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:16