This week's message is Thanksgiving 2008. Choose your connection speed to listen: dialup - broadband - transcript
Let Us Give Thanks!
This past Thursday, many of us celebrated Thanksgiving Day. We may have gathered together with family, or we may have stayed at home, like my wife and I did. I think we would all agree that the most important thing is that we remembered to be thankful. Thankful that even though we may not have expensive cars or live in huge mansions, we are bountifully blessed in too many ways to number.
Today we talk about the true history of Thanksgiving, and then open the floor to anyone who would like to share that for which they're thankful.
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The First and Last Thanksgivings
Today our children are taught that the first Thanksgiving Day was a day on which the Pilgrims wished to show their gratitude to the Indians for showing them how to farm corn, and for their generosity. But while the Pilgrims were indeed thankful for their Indian neighbors and the invaluable help they were to their survival, the focus of thanksgiving that first Thanksgiving Day was not to the Indians, nor was it to the Pilgrims. They were simply the ones who both gave thanks, and their thanksgiving was to God.
The Pilgrims barely survived their first winter on the Cape. Only four families escaped without burying at least one family member. And yet, in the midst of their great loss, God was still faithful.
In the spring of 1621, an indian who had learned how to speak English during his time as a slave, came to the Pilgrims. He was one of the few Indians from that area who had not died of the plague, and he offered to teach them how to survive in this strange new land.
Out of all the many things he taught them, perhaps the most important was how to plant corn. And as Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to meet their physical needs, the Pilgrims taught Squanto how to meet his spiritual needs. And before his death a year or two later, Squanto accepted Jesus as his Savior.
During those years, Squanto introduced other Indians to the Pilgrims, who were also impressed with the Pilgrims' God.
During the summer of 1621, when the year's corn harvest appeared to be completely lost because of a severe drought, the Pilgrims called for a day of fasting and prayer. And God heard them. By the end of the day, it was raining. The corn miraculously sprang back to life.
One of the Indians who observed this miracle remarked that their God must be a very great God. He explained that when the Indians pow-wowed for rain, it always rained so hard that the corn stalks were broken down. But the Pilgrim's God had sent a very gentle rain that did not damage the corn harvest.
It was this same miraculous harvest of corn, an answer to fasting and prayer to the God who had created both the corn and the rain, that provided the grain for the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving meal with their Indian friends.
On this first Thanksgiving Day, both the Pilgrims and the Indians gave thanks to God for His great goodness toward and provision for them all.
To hear the rest of the Thanksgiving story and to see a paralell between this physical drought and the spiritual drought we face today, destroying the crops of righteousness, holiness, and doctrinal soundness, choose your connection speed and listen to the service audio.
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