The Eternal Magic of Thanksgiving

A Special Thanks goes out to our guest blogger…..Al Enderle of Santa Ana, CA ______
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Is Thanksgiving just a relic of the past that needs to be forgotten, or does the significance of that special day have lasting meaning for all of us?

So many years have past since 1621 when the Plymouth Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast. We have not experienced the persecution  or the hardship the Pilgrims faced. We do not know what it is like to leave our homeland, experience starvation, and see our husbands, wives and children die along the way. How can one adequately explain the miraculous timing of Squanto’s appearance just when the Pilgrims desperately needed help? Was it just a coincidence that he could speak the English language?

Do we have reason to be thankful that the Pilgrims brought with them their Judeo-Christian heritage upon which the foundation of our country was based? The very freedom we enjoy and the just laws we have came from that meager beginning. There were no military battles or conquering heroes. There was only a remnant of humble, God-fearing people who recognized the fact that, without God, life was purposeless.

The Pilgrims believed that morality could not be trusted on any other foundation but that of Christianity and that no government could be secure that was not based on the absolute values that come only from God. America has never been perfect, but it became the greatest nation in modern history. Unlike great nations of the past, America has been a benefactor rather than a conqueror-possessor. We fought not only for our own freedom but for the freedom of others.

Yes, we have a great deal to be thankful for and most of all we have a great God to be thankful to. Let us do as our founding fathers did and give thanks to God not only this Thanksgiving Day but every day of the year. Might we re-dedicate our lives to God’s will so that our country will again receive the blessings and protection that only God can assure.