These weeks leading up to Thanksgiving (for those of us in the United States) are a great time to consider gratitude. In these shorter posts, let’s explore some quotes about gratitude and see how we can prepare our hearts for the coming holiday season.
Times have changed since the day the Pilgrims stepped foot on unfamiliar soil. Many died on the journey from Europe to what would become America. Those who made it barely survived those first couple of winters. And yet, their hearts were set on something much greater than survival.
Their minds focused on sustaining their community, but they were not consumed by the thought of how much could they prosper here.
These men and women chose a dangerous voyage with one hope—freedom to worship God in honesty and without persecution.
We all know the story . . . when the pilgrims settled in their new homeland, they prepared a feast celebrating how God cared for them. They thanked Him for His provision and His love for them.
How far we have strayed from that focus. Today, the meaning behind Thanksgiving too often defaults to focusing on turkey feasts, football, and Black Friday (or Grey November, as some have called it).
How many of us forget to be intentional about taking time to worship God on the fourth Thursday of November? Do we remember to thank Him for who He is? For the abundance He’s given us?
I’m the first to admit it’s easy to get caught up in preparing the food, driving to see family, and enjoying being together.
And yes, football plays in the background.
Maybe this Thanksgiving, we can each take time to remember—really meditate on—what we’re celebrating. Because we are those “unborn generations” Harry Moyle Tippett referenced.
We are the ones for whom our forefathers sacrificed everything . . . so we might worship God in freedom.
***For those reading this who live in other countries, thanks for indulging my musings on our United States holiday!
What about you? How do you remember the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving? What is one family tradition you have?