As November twenty-second (2007) descends on our country the vast majority of citizens will celebrate it without even a moment sacrificed to gratefulness.
As for me, Thanksgiving is a special time and I celebrate it much the same way any God-loving Christian would: I love having a day-off to commune with my family/friends and eat turkey and play games and go to parades . . . but most importantly I’m abundantly thankful for the countless blessings God has bestowed on my little family. We are packed, shaken down, and running over. And I’m sure each of you could share the same glorious testimony. But in my household we’re thankful for something very unique . . . it was my family who started Thanksgiving.
I’m a direct descendant of Elder William Brewster of the Mayflower Pilgrims. Interestingly enough, my wife is also a descendant of William Brewster (by marriage on the girls’ side of the family). This time of year is a big deal for my family because we’re not only celebrating a Christian, National Holiday . . . we’re also celebrating a family tradition! In fact, we are so proud of our godly heritage we named out son Micah William Brewster.
But even though you may not be related to the men and women who crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower, if you’re a Christian, they are your spiritual parents. Without the firm stand the Pilgrims took our country might be religiously enslaved.
As we thank God for His innumerable blessings this year, don’t forget the one that allows us to worship God without persecution . . . freedom of religion. Never take that for granted. I told my 6th graders a few days ago that there are countries today where Christianity is illegal and men and women are imprisoned, and sometimes killed, for their faith in God.
Make sure your focus is right this Thanksgiving and take a moment to thank God for the men and women who have fought to make this country free: The pilgrims, the Christian’s of ages past, our military, and the folks continuing the good fight of faith today.