Dear Main Street Family,
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in Massachusetts during their second winter in 1621. The previous year had seen nearly half of the original 102 colonists who came over on the Mayflower die from the hardships of life they had encountered. I read once, “At one point their daily food ration was down to five kernels of corn apiece.” In 1621, when Governor William Bradford and the Plymouth Colonists celebrated the first Thanksgiving, it was a “heart-felt” expression of thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest that God provided. Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote: “And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want.” When Presidents Washington and Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day to be a nation-wide observance, it was to be a day set aside for Americans to express “heart-felt” thanks to God for blessing America and our individual lives.
These first settlers to America came seeking religious freedom and liberty. They came out of a love for God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They gave thanks to God for His provision! We should give thanks to God for all of His bountiful blessings! The first settlers to America had a hard and difficult existence. Yet, their perseverance for God and liberty paved the way for the blessings we have today. They gave thanks to God in difficult times. We should do the same!
Even though we are unable to have our traditional Thanksgiving Meal as a church family this year, we are going to celebrate THANKSGIVING in our worship service. This Sunday morning, I will bring a message entitled, GIVING THANKS IN DIFFICULT TIMES. I hope that you can be here! The early settlers to America made worship and giving thanks to God the center of their life! They depended upon God with all their hearts! They did so as a community of faith. We should do the same! The Apostle Paul wrote, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
As our nation seems to be growing more secular and anti-Christian every day, let’s set a fresh example of faith and trust by giving God glory and thanks! We come thanking Him for such a wonderful salvation and hope we have in Christ! I hope to see you Sunday! As always, call me if I can help you with anything.