Throughout this year the message I keep getting from every Christian source is to grow in my faith I need to learn about God’s character. And to know God’s character we need to go to the one true source – His Holy Word. The Bible is the most amazing reference book. It changes every time you read it. I’ve looked at the same passages at various times this year and discovered something new each time. Even the simple verse, “Be still and know that I am God,” (Psalm 46:10) carries so much information. It’s about trust, it’s about slowing down, it’s about getting quiet. It’s also about placing God above all and realizing He is God and we are not.
When viewed not only in context but also within the historical perspective the meanings grow even more. Today in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving – a now much maligned holiday. To some it’s been twisted to represent the killing of native Americans. To others it’s about the first Europeans working with the natives to survive. While others simply celebrate the opportunity to be with family. Here’s a bit of this day’s true history:
“Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship, where they suffered from exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring. In March, the remaining settlers moved ashore, where they received an astonishing visit from an Abenaki Native American who greeted them in English.
Several days later, he returned with another Native American, Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants.
In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days.” — History Channel
You see, we can make up what we think the first Thanksgiving is about but when we truly are interested in finding out the facts and the historical perspective it takes on so much more meaning. Taking a national day to “Give Thanks” didn’t become official for many years later and it was more about just that – giving thanks for the blessings God has bestowed us.
I asked my friends and family to share verses from God’s Word that have special meanings for them on this day of Thanksgiving. To show appreciation and to give thanks for all the blessings God has bestowed on us these thousands of years – written in His Holy Bible. Take a moment to look each one up and see if you find something new that speaks to you! And feel free to add your own in the comments.
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2
I have had this written on my cupboard door since the beginning of my cancer trial this year. To me says it all and I was cured!! Thanks be to God – Beverly
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
When the trials come, I know I can endure them because Jesus has already overcome the world. – Brennen
“Be still and know I am God.” Psalm 46:10.
It’s very intimate to me. – Janet
“To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again.” Isaiah 54:9
Gods covenant of love and peace with us! – Madison
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
This is one of my favorite scriptures but a little ironic in a funny way because it’s said during Catholic mass, followed by the priest’s instruction to “show one another a sign of peace,” or in other words, say hi to the person sitting next to you. This always caused me anxiety at church because I’m kind of an introvert, but once I just let the words flow over me, especially in times of stress in daily life, I can sink into the peace of God’s love which is His gift to every single one us. – Laurel
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; Do not be discouraged, For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
When I recite this, I am reminded that I am not alone and I can feel strength from God coming back into me! – Betsy
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Prov. 3:5-6
This is comforting to me. During my immature Christian days, I thought God expected me to solve my own problems. Thankfully, he does not expect me to do this alone! God designed me to depend on Him and wants me to pray to Him because he knows what is best and will gladly answer my prayers and guide my decisions. I trust God more than anyone else when I need direction and answers. He knows me way better than I know myself . . . . what a relief and comfort! – Anita
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
It’s a promise of hope and joy and peace not only to just survive but to thrive. God wants us to thrive and enjoy life. – Todd
“My sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me.” John 10:27
Because Jesus knows me! Little ol’ me. He knows me by name and I am special to him. — Andrea