Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise- the fruit of lips that openly profess his name (Colossians 2: 6-7).
The coming of spring brought, at long last, relief to the Pilgrims. They met Squanto, a member of a local tribe who was fluent in English.
Squanto befriended the Pilgrims, teaching them how to plant corn, how and where to fish, and basically how to survive in their new land. Squanto would stay with them, helping and guiding, for the rest of his life.
That year, 1621, there was food. Between hunting, fishing, and the crops they were able to raise, The Pilgrims had enough to make it through the winter. After the harvest, they set aside a day to give thanks to God for allowing them to make it through the brutal times. They invited their new friends and allies, the Wampanoag, to join in the festivities. The hard work was just beginning, and there were plenty of difficulties in the days ahead, but God had shown himself capable of surmounting any challenge on behalf of his people.
Ponderations: When you first received Christ as your Savior, you were probably “overflowing with thanksgiving,” as Paul encouraged. Are you still? If not, what is keeping you from that? Are you willing to change what needs to be changed so you can overflow with thanksgiving again?