grateful hearts

Grateful Hearts

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

In 1621, Pilgrims who had landed on Plymouth Rock (in present day Massachusetts) set aside time to thank God for His blessings and protection. They had faced great difficulties, yet they realized all that God had done for them.

As one Pilgrim wrote in a letter, “By the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.” This was a first “Thanksgiving” in the New World.

However, an earlier American day of “Thanksgiving” took place on December 4, 1619, when English settlers arrived in Virginia. They were required by their charter to commemorate their arrival in the New World with an annual day of Thanksgiving.

Yet, in fact, the thanksgiving tradition celebrated by these pioneers began long before, in the Old Testament. Before the Israelites entered the Promised Land, God warned that they would face difficulties. But He promised to bless and provide for them: Their baskets would overflow with fruit, and their herds and flocks would be fertile. In fact, He said He would bless them “wherever you go, both in coming and in going.”

As the Israelites looked back, they realized God had kept His promises. They could joyfully say, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever” (Psalm 107:1).

Looking back on your life, think about the many ways that God has blessed, protected, and provided for you. There is no need to be afraid or worried. You can trust Him to provide for you—today and the rest of your life. Give Him thanks for all He has done!