“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles. His faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1 & 4 NLT
Happy Thanksgiving 2021. Our thoughts today are centered around faith, family and an abundance of food shared around tables with family and friends. My prayer is that we may all be grateful and aware of the God who loves us, like no other. This might be a great moment to review with everyone our national history of faith and Thanksgiving in America.
The early Pilgrims celebrated a day of feasting and faith in God in Oct/Nov 1621. After a very harsh winter with sickness and deaths (nearly half Mayflower colonist died), came their first, successful harvest in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Many native American Indians (90) and Pilgrims (53) who had survived harsh conditions feasted together for several days. All of us probably have posted on the refrigerator our children and grandchildren’s Thanksgiving art work; turkey feathers made with brown construction paper and a big black Pilgrim hat.
Thanksgiving has long been celebrated nationally in America since President George Washington and Congress made an official proclamation in 1789. The date of the celebration was moved around a bit during the early Presidents. Thanksgiving Day was determined and established by President Abraham Lincoln to be the last Thursday of November in 1863 as a national holiday.
You may not know this, amid significant controversy (1939-1941) which date to observe Thanksgiving during President Franklin D. Roosevelt tenure, a decision was made to establish a permanent date. Since 1942 onwards, Thanksgiving by an act of Congress, signed into law by President (FDR) Roosevelt, received a permanent observation date, the fourth Thursday in November, no longer at the discretion of the President. History is good to remember.
We invite you to join us for Journey worship weekend after your time of feasting with family and Thanksgiving traditions. This weekend in our current fall series, MIRACLES of Jesus, we look at Lazarus, another miracle, Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead (John 11:1-5).
Many of us have loved ones we missed this year during Thanksgiving events. This weekend at Journey Church we review the blessing; we celebrate physical death is forever defeated, because of Jesus.
Whatever challenges are before us, God is with us. We are better together. Like the early pilgrim settlers, grieving loved ones lost, it is not over. In spite of those who perished during brutal conditions the Pilgrims found renewed hope in the new Spring and Fall. With the support of the Almighty God providing abundant harvest and the fellowship of native Indians they celebrated the first Thanksgiving in the fall of 1621.
Whatever hardship in life may arrive, it is not over. We are never abandoned and alone in this journey. Give thanks for everything, believe God more, trust God more, and follow God more. Our best days are still in front of us. Happy Thanksgiving… Come What May!
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18