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By On November 18th, 2018

Thanksgiving

Each day—and especially next Thursday—we’ll be giving God thanks for our meal. Thankfully, most of us don’t know what it is to go a day or two without a meal. I’ve traveled in places where food was scarce, whee variety was unknown. We have so much that it’s  easy to forget that we rely on God for all things. 

We are so blessed in the USA. Not only do we have food enough for our tables, but our country exports literally billions of dollars worth of food each and every year. 

It didn’t start out that way. A group of Christians came to our shores seeking religious freedom.  Their first year here was devastatingly harsh. Short on food, and experiencing a rough winter due to illness and exposure. More than half of those 102 pilgrims died that first year

The survivors didn’t give up. They had been praying and continued to do so. They also, in spite of grief , planted crops in faith that there would be food for the next year. Their work, along with help from the Wampanoag Indian tribe, grew enough food for all. Their tenuous foothold in this New World became a new home. 

God answered their prayers. Their service of thanksgiving eventually became out Thanksgiving Day. God is still our hope—not only for food, but for all things. 

Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God. Romans 14:6

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