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November 28, 2013

Count Your Blessings

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

It is a day of Thanksgiving.  Yes, lots of food . . . football . . . and family!  But let us not forget our blessings!  That should be the primary focus of today.

Of course, every day we should be thankful for all we have . . . but this is a day dedicated to thankfulness.  It is so easy to miss the purpose sometimes of a holiday!  We don’t mean to crowd out the purpose . . . but it does happen!

Recall that first Thanksgiving.  Our Pilgrim fathers celebrated with thanksgiving what they had . . . even though it seemed they had little reason for thankfulness.  The 120 who arrived on these shores endured a harsh winter.  During that first year, only 50 survived.  They discussed returning to the Old World.  But they decided to stay another year.

At the end of that next year, they decided to recognize the anniversary of the year.  Some felt they should have a day of mourning in behalf of those who had died.  Others felt they needed a day of thanksgiving.  They looked back at the year and saw the blessings of God.  They had a good crop of corn and barley, and they had become friends with the Indians.

They gathered to focus on what they had, and not on what they had lost.  They bowed in recognition of God’s goodness to them, and they celebrated with thanksgiving and praise for His blessings.

These Pilgrims teach us an important lesson.  We must not allow some difficulties to mislead us and cause us to overlook the good.  We must learn to see what we have going for us, not what we perceive is going against us.  That is counting your blessings.

“”Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”  (Psalm 100:4)  “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.”  (Psalm 107:1)  “Give thanks in all circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:18)



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