1. The American Pilgrims in AD 1621 had a grateful heart and little else. We seem to have all else, except a grateful heart. Think of all the conveniences you have that the Pilgrims didn’t. Have you thanked God lately?
2. The Pilgrims, while not perfect, came to America seeking God and found Him. We can find Him too, when we seek Him (Isaiah 55:6; Jeremiah 29:13).
3. Just as the Pilgrims had in their day, we have the Bible, God’s inspired, inerrant Word, to show us the way. The Bible is as true and relevant today as it was in 1621.
4. We live in a country where our Presidents have issued Thanksgiving Proclamations through the years. It began with President George Washington, continued with Abraham Lincoln, and continues today.
5. We should be thankful that we live in a country where everyone is free to worship according to the dictates of their conscience. America is a beacon to the world for religious liberty.
6. America is the breadbasket to the world. Not only do we provide enough food for our own people, but also send it throughout the world. No one reading this should go hungry tonight. If you are hungry, there are government and church groups that would be happy to help.
7. America, though not perfect, is the most giving and generous nation in the world.
8. We serve a merciful God who knows all about us yet still loves us and offers us forgiveness. While we were still sinners, Jesus Christ died for us. For that we should be eternally grateful.
9. We should be thankful, because gratitude makes us better people. It is an antidote to selfishness. Adults should practice thanksgiving, and teach it to their children.
10. The Bible tells us to be thankful.
“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” -Psalm 107:1
-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, November 20, AD 2014.
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