Give Thanks

The First Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34 NLT)

Give Thanks

Give Thanks

The pilgrims who journeyed from their native country of England to the shores of North America in 1620 A.D. lost half of their population to disease and death the first winter. The survivors planted crops in the spring and harvested them in the following autumn. Although many had died, they were thankful for the produce the Lord gave them. Their thankfulness led to the formal adoption of a national day of Thanksgiving.

As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God”.

Rockwell Thanksgiving

How thankful are you this holiday season? You talk about giving thanks in your homes, at your dinner tables, and in your churches, but are you thankful the Lord chose you and blessed you with salvation?

The sacrifice of Jesus—the offering of His body on the cross should be first and foremost on your mind during this Thanksgiving season. Without His offering you could not be reconciled to God for eternity. The above verse comes from King David’s song of praise. Genuine praise involves ascribing glory to God. Remember this in your worship and give thanks to the Lord for the indescribable gift of His son.

A truly thankful heart demonstrates thankfulness through action. The priests of the temple carried out God’s work not merely as religious exercises, but as necessary tasks. God gifted you for His ministry and He can use you in many ways. If you cannot teach or preach, you can clean, serve, plan, administer, sing, play an instrument, take food to the sick, visit shut-ins to name a few. Pray to the Lord for guidance. He will lead you to a place of ministry.

During this season of the year, are you thankful for Jesus and the sacrifice He made for your salvation?

About Brenda B. Taylor

The desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication. Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.
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