“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
I Thessalonians 5:18
Our American celebration of Thanksgiving is my favorite of all the holidays! Since I now live in New England, I have visited Plimoth Plantation several times and even enjoyed a reenactment dinner of the First Thanksgiving. If you are an American history buff, you will enjoy looking at their website: http://www.plimoth.org
Edward Winslow, one of the original pilgrims, wrote in his journal, “And God be praised we had a good increase. Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors.” –1621
Since I moved hundreds of miles away from my family, when I have to work the holiday or the Friday after Thanksgiving, I cannot return home. Various families from my church have “adopted” me over the years which I so appreciate.
As a hospital and home care nurse, I have had to work my share of Thanksgiving holidays. The patients who remained in the hospital were understandably sad and seriously ill. It was a special opportunity to try and show them extra kindness and ask God for wisdom to speak an encouraging word to them. To those nurses who are working on Thanksgiving day, I pray you will be richly blessed and strengthened as you minister to your patients.
I will close with the first chorus I ever learned as a Christian which is a wonderful prayer of thanks to God.
Thank You, Lord, for saving my soul; Thank You, Lord, for making me whole;
Thank You, Lord, for giving to me, Thy great salvation so rich and free!
–by Seth & Bessie Sykes