We have so much to be thankful for this year, don't we!
Billy Graham wrote a devotional:
During the first long winter for the Pilgrims here, 7 times as many graves were made for the dead as homes were made for the living. Seed, imported from England, failed to grow, and a ship that was to bring food and relief, brought instead 35 more mouths to fee, but no provisions.
According to today's standards, the Pilgrims had almost nothing, but they possessed a profound and heartfelt gratitude to God for His love and mercy. Gratitude is one of the greatest Christian virtues.
1 Corinthians 29:13 says, Now, our God, we give you thanks. And praise your glorious name.
As we sit around a table flourishing with food choices, let's remember who provided each item and the workers used to produce it:
- Turkey's growers, processors, and trucking system to the store for us to buy it. (God gave the turkey food and water and caused it to grow.); guys who fry or gals who get up at 4am to bake it;
- Mashed potatoes, with butter and milk- farmers who plant, water, pick potatoes, shippers and retailers, cows and farmers daily milk and feed the cows (God made the plant and grass grow through rain and sunshine.);
- Vegetables and fruit that God caused to grow and the farmer who worked it, picked it;
- Hot rolls-wheat that God cause to grow, farmers who planted and processed it, bakeries who made the dough;
- Pecan pie-God grew the pecans through rain and sunshine; processors and packagers.
- A warm house filled with family and friends;
- A loving God who made us, saved us, and provides for us.
Ok, friends, don't eat too much today. Right! Enjoy, relax, laugh, and say a pray of thanksgiving to God for your life (He made it.).
Friday we will continue our study.