Turkey, mashed potatoes, pies, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and football games… These are the hallmarks of Thanksgiving for most American families. On Thanksgiving Day, American families prepare a hearty meal for their loved ones to share.
On the fourth Thursday of November every year, Thanksgiving is a time for family reunion in the United States. The four-day Thanksgiving holiday in the United States is a time to celebrate and give thanks for God’s abundant blessings throughout the year. Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of the winter holidays, including Christmas and New Year.
The history of Thanksgiving can be traced back to 1620, when a passenger ship, the Mayflower, sailed from Plymouth to Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, USA, carrying a group of Christian families who were travelling to explore God’s kingdom with passion and fearless courage.
This group of Christian families travelled from England to the unknown of North America. Because of storms, they arrived in Plymouth in the winter, not where they were expected. It was winter, they were hungry and cold, and half of the Christians died of disease. With the help of the natives, they learned to hunt, plant corn and pumpkins, and had their first harvest the following year. This is how the first Thanksgiving came about. They also celebrated God’s bounty with the original inhabitants who helped them. Honouring and appreciating those who have not yet received the Gospel opens their hearts and minds to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God’s ways are always better than our thoughts. These white Christians also brought the full legal system and other modern ideas to the indigenous people. These white Christians also brought the full legal system and other modern ideas to the indigenous people.
This small group of Christian families, with God’s grace and promise of never failing, eventually pioneered the country in the spirit of Christ and established their own constitution. The United States of America became the brand new nation from which the Christians had come, and is now the leading nation in the world.
To be 100 times more successful, you need to be 100 times more grateful.
Gratitude is the most important spirit of Thanksgiving. In addition to being grateful for the love of the people around you, the invisible God is the most important thing to focus on during Thanksgiving.
“To be 100 times more successful, you need to be 100 times more grateful.” I quote a teacher, and it encourages me. Maybe we have everything we need to have a good life, but it’s all about our vision and how well we use the things around us.
About gratitude, it reminds me of the film “Forrest Gump”. Forrest Gump, with an IQ of only 75, was bullied since he was a child. However, because of his innocence and love, he lived a wonderful and fruitful life. Forrest Gump has always taken things as they come, and despite being diagnosed with a low IQ in his childhood, he has accomplished things that many people would never be able to do in a lifetime.
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