In the "holiday rush", I feel this beautiful day gets so very overlooked! Even the Thanksgiving Blend coffee from Starbucks is off the shelves already making room for Christmas Blend. I have nothing against Christmas, but the Thanksgiving holiday often seems to me like a neglected middle child sandwiched between two candy hoarding money making holidays. It's not given full recognition or remembrance like it ought. We, as Americans, eat to the point of gluttony, and at times pause to say grace, but how often do we remember? Do we as believers realize the sacrifice that came early on when worshipping God was of first importance?
The Pilgrims who sailed to America on the Mayflower came to be free of the religious tyranny of England. They shed all comfort, left friends and family behind and boarded a ship to pursue freedom. I can't imagine the fear of the unknown as well as the harshness of the wilderness, and the illnesses that greeted those first wandering freedom-seekers. They left England with 102, and a short seven months later had a mere 51 among them; almost half of those were children. After a plentiful summer and friendly relations with the Indian's it's no wonder to me they felt the need to celebrate and give thanks to God! Imagine the joy of having full pantries, plenty of wood and furs ready to be shipped to England! I can almost smell the lobster pies, ducks, turkeys, nuts and berries and the five large deer the Indians brought to contribute to the feast! It was truly a time of Thanks Giving.