So Thanksgiving is all about gravy, grandma, and gridiron!
Well, not exactly. I think Thanksgiving matters and my perspective is different from what the “holiday police” tell us and what revisionist history has to offer us in our children’s textbooks.
In 1621 the Pilgrims feasted with the Indians to celebrate “the goodness of God”. The Pilgrims had much to be grateful for:
They survived the harsh climate of the northeast.
Crops were sparse and food was hard to come by yet their needs were met.
The natives were typically hostile & difficult yet relations were getting better
Their numbers were dwindling though they sensed His mercy.
They daily dealt with disease, discomfort, and discouragement.
But this new breed of “Americans” who just dissented from the Church of England fell to their knees on the that first Thanksgiving Day to “bless the God of Heaven who had brought them over this vast and furious ocean,’ according to Governor William Bradford.
This Thanksgiving I will watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, eat well, watch a lot of football, and visit with family and loved ones. But first and foremost I’ll look towards the heavens with my heart and give thanks for the all the goodness God has given to me. Just as President George Washington asked when he declared the first national day of Thanksgiving in 1789 let us “unite in most humbly offering our prayer and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of nations”.