by: Rich Vaughan
This is my last devotional for the week, so I hope all of you have a wonderful, blessed, and Happy Thanksgiving.
As we gather, this year 2020 may seem to be a difficult year to offer thanksgiving; but it should not be. No, this hasn’t been the best of years with all that has occurred and continues to occur. But in spite of everything there is so much we can be thankful for this year. In my sermon this past Sunday, I reminded all of us about the reality behind the first Thanksgiving.
The Pilgrims landed 400 years ago this month. In their first months here in this new world they dug 7 times more graves than they built homes. Think about that for a moment. Of the 102 pilgrims that stepped out onto Plymouth Rock 400 years ago, 48 died within the first 3 months. Before the next Thanksgiving, a new ship would arrive, but instead of bringing food and supplies, all it brought was 37 new pilgrims to feed and house. That year became the year known as “the starving time”. During this period the DAILY RATION of food for every man, woman, and child was 5 KERNELS of corn (not ears of corn, but kernels of corn)! In addition, the 3rd year in the new land was a year of severe drought. If anyone had a reason not to be very thankful it was our founding mothers and fathers, not us who have had an “unusual” year. And yet records show how each year, in the late fall, the Pilgrims gathered for a time of thanksgiving. And, in spite of drought, famine, and death, they praised God for all the blessings in their lives. Talk about having a heart of thanksgiving! You and I could learn much from their testimonies and faith!
You may be gathering this year with fewer family members. Your income this year might be lower than it usually is, you may be even lower on toilet paper rolls than you would like to be! But we have homes, cars, food, family, computers, cell phones, TV’s, medical facilities, books, churches, and the Bible (I could go on and on with this list). The church and the Bible are major in that list because they remind us that the Lord loves us – EVERY DAY. They remind us that in the scope of an insane year the Lord still works to bring good out of bad, that Jesus is still the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and our faith is in Him not the world. So yes, Thanksgiving 2020 is a little different, but it is still a time to reflect on our many blessings and my friends, family, and flocks are part of that for me. So this Thursday, take a moment to reflect and whisper a word of thanks to the Lord for all He has blessed us with. And may every one of you have a very special and happy Thanksgiving! Amen & Amen.