HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

a-thanksI’ve been thinking a lot about the history of “thankfulness” in our country.  We are and always have been quite blessed.  If we look at our history, even from its beginnings, we can’t help but see God’s hand in providing for our country.

When people came here seeking a life free of religious persecution, they set up colonies and were eventually prospered by God.  One of those landings, Plymouth, is probably most tied to our minds.  William Bradford was its governor and he wrote an account of that landing and the subsequent hardships the Pilgrims faced.  “Of Plymouth Plantation” is a constant “thank you” to God for His guidance, provision, and as William Bradford would say, “PROVIDENCE”.

What could now sustain them but the Spirit of God and His grace? May not and ought not the children of these fathers rightly say: “Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness; but they cried unto the Lord, and He heard their voice and looked on their adversity,” etc. “Let them therefore praise the Lord, because He is good: and his mercies endure forever. Yea, let them which have been redeemed of the Lord, show how He hath delivered them from the hand of the oppressor. When they wandered in the desert wilderness out of the way, and found no city to dwell in, both hungry and thirsty, their soul was overwhelmed in them.” “Let them confess before the Lord His lovingkindness and His wonderful works before the sons of men.”

Reading this excerpt, I dare say that we, the “children” of those men (and women), have forgotten Who got us where we are, and we’ve become quite spoiled with blessings.

I think we need to thank God for what He has done a little more.  I know I do.  Lately, I do find myself thanking God a little more, especially when I realize how “gimme” I’ve been.

So, to that end, here is my list of gratitude for what God has done in my life:

I’m thankful that God has given me two understanding parents.  If they could, they would do anything for me.  I’m thankful that my dad is child-like.  God made sure that he wasn’t like my abusive grandfather.  My mom understands my shyness and the hurts I’ve felt over the years.  I’m especially thankful that God has seen fit to keep them around, as not everyone has their parents.

I’m thankful that God has provided me with a career that I enjoy, that also provides for my needs.  God always comes through when I think I’ve hit a rough financial patch, and I truly believe He will continue to do so.

I’m thankful that I am in good general health.  It hasn’t always been the case, and I have come to really appreciate that God has protected me from worse maladies.  Even from my birth, God has protected my health.  I really am thankful for it.

I’m even thankful for my cats.  I know that sounds dumb, but they keep me company, curl up with me when no one else will, and they just want food and love.  They don’t sass back at me and don’t care if I’m fat.  I’m thankful for what pets provide, and God sent two of the sweetest cats my way.

I’m thankful that despite the current state of our country (and some sad, inhumane periods), that God saw fit to put me here, rather than placing me elsewhere in the world, especially given the events of the last 24 hours, let alone the last eight (or more) years.

I am also very thankful for my friends.  Even though I don’t get to hang out with my best friend anymore, I am grateful that she takes the time to talk with me from time to time.  She’s awesome.  I’m truly grateful for the friendships I’ve made through this blog.  At times, I sincerely believe they’ve saved my life and have made me feel less isolated.  I appreciate it from the bottom of my dinged up heart.

Without God directing my steps and life, I’d have none of these people (and pets) for which I am thankful.

I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving.  God is there to bless you.  Ask, receive, and remember to thank Him.

Psalm 107:21-22
Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
And tell of His works with joyful singing.

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