Thanksgiving is probably one of the most celebrated (besides Christmas) holidays of the year, where friends, family, and a whole lot of food are gathered around the table with an air of happiness, bonding, and most importantly, thankfulness. It is a time when those we have not seen in a while, and those we have, are gathered into one area, where they can meet with one another and show love, support, and care for those they meet, but Thanksgiving isn’t only just about all of that.
Long ago, back in November of 1620, a ship called the Mayflower landed on a land unknown to its passengers, the Pilgrims. This New World was indeed very new to these people, who were trying to escape persecution and the laws of their homeland, and they longed to build their own community, where they could create a place to worship God freely and be able to give themselves and their descendants a place for them. Although these travelers knew nothing about how to find food, a kind Native American by the name of Squanto showed them how to fish, plant, and make a living off the earth. With his help, the knowledge of this new land, later to be named America, spread, and during harvesting time, the Pilgrims and the Native Americans gathered together and gave thanked to God for what He gave them.
Today, we still celebrate this important time in history. Without God’s guidance, the Pilgrims would never have found America, have the ability to live off their land, or be able to prosper like they did. America is one of the most populated and prosperous nation of the world, and without God, we would have never been able to find America. God’s power and care was shown through the Pilgrim’s journey.
As I think over the many joys and events of my life, I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for my parents, who love, care, and teach me ways that will help me throughout my life. They are truly an inspiration to me, and for both of them, I am thankful. I am thankful for my brother, for his constant optimism and support. Without him, I’d be lonely and a bit bored. I’m thankful for all my grandparents, who also encourage me and route me on! I am thankful for my friends, both on the Internet and in real life, who have been such a support to me and have shined Christ to me through their actions, words, and behavior. I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am that God has allowed me to meet them!
I am also thankful for the many things given to me. I am thankful for my brilliant Border Collie, Chloe, for the talents and knowledge God has allowed me to work for, and for life itself! Life is truly good!
Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday that precedes Christmas, then. It’s a time when we reflect on our ancestors, what happened during that time, and most importantly, Who helped them on that journey that would change a lifetime. As family and friends come together to remember this special time for America, I will be reflecting on the many things I am thankful for.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone! Enjoy your family and friends as well as your food! (I will certainly be enjoying it!)