As I think about this holiday my mind goes back to the early pilgrims. They surely had a very hard year! Settling in a new country, building a house, clearing a forest, planting a crop, all with no power tools. I don’t know how they did it. I have gotten a tiny taste of what it must have been like as I have spent the last two years building a house and a homestead to go with it. I’m nowhere near self sufficient because we have grocery stores and gasoline. If the pilgrims didn’t grow it or hunt it, they didn”t eat. No wonder they thanked God for His goodness and His provision.

Living in this remoteness causes me to recognize my need for God. Clearly I need God every day, in every way but then I’m not unique. Sometimes we don’t feel like we need Him until we get into a situation where there’s no way out. We ask for help and He makes a way. How easy it is to forget the source of your help oncce the crisis is over.

This Thanksgicing I am thankful for the blessings God has allowed me to participate in. Family, friends, provisions, peace, health. It is easy to overlook God’s hand in these everyday affairs but I believe it’s no coincidence when we get to enjoy them.

Sincere thankfulness is like a winning smile. It opens doors into relationships, especially eternal ones. Psalms 100 tells us to enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. The very key to God’s presence is beign thankful. Explore the opportunity to spend time with the King!