Thanksgiving, and all the celebration that goes along with it, has come a long way from its founding in 1621.
Posted November 22, 2013
By Pastor Jim Biswell
Medicine Rocks Church
Thanksgiving, and all the celebration that goes along with it, has come a long way from its founding in 1621. After losing half of their friends to starvation and disease, the Pilgrims set aside three days to thank God for their bountiful corn harvest.
Today we experience the Thanksgiving holiday in a mad rush to shop and decorate for Christmas. As a rule, society demands acceptance of this driving madness without much thought to why we experience true luxury.
Let me endeavor to put Thanksgiving into a clearer perspective: “If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the six million people who will not survive the week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million in the world.
If you can attend a church service without fear of persecution, arrest, torture or death, you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in the fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of the world’s population.
If you have money in the bank or in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top eight percent of the worlds’ most wealthy.
In one translation of Psalms 100 it reads thus, “1 Shout with joy to the LORD, O earth!… 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and bless his name. 5 For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”
This Thanksgiving season, may you experience anew, the authentic gratefulness of our forefathers!