A Lesson Learned: Thankful

As we’ve been reading a lot of various Thanksgiving children’s books lately, I’ve come to realize that I don’t think I would have survived had I been born in the time period of the pilgrims (or any other time period, really). I mean seriously…I’m a really big wimp. 

In light of this realization, I’m very thankful for the following…

  • To live in a country where I can worship my Lord freely!!! I take this for granted daily.
  • For Dramamine…I get carsick just driving to the lake through all the twists and turns. There’s no way I could have survived aboard the Mayflower.
  • Clean clothes and the ability to shower every day. I can’t imagine going three months without a bath. Ewww…
  • Not having to build my own shelter in the dead of winter. Enough said.
  • Heat. I don’t like to be cold.
  • Grocery stores and Farmer’s markets. I have a black thumb. My family would starve if they relied on me to grow all of our food (though I’m determined to give gardening another go next summer…)
  • Health and antibiotics. Half of all the Pilgrims died that first winter from sickness. Every person lost somebody they loved. The pain of loss had to be unbearable.
  • Meat packers. I don’t like seeing animals killed…let alone taking the carcass and then preparing a meal. 
  • A nice, warm Simmons Beautyrest Mattress. Hay-stuffed mattresses just wouldn’t cut it for this picky Peggy.
  • The orneriness of my sweet boys. Pilgrim children weren’t allowed to speak unless spoken to first. I wonder how many cute moments those Pilgrim parents missed out on from not hearing their children say silly things.
  • A strong, strapping and loving husband. I’m sure he would have survived just fine in the Pilgrim times (sans his whiny wife, that is).
  • The love of family. Many family members were left behind in England. I’m thankful to have most of our family within a radius of a few miles!

God is faithful. He was faithful to the Pilgrims long ago and He is faithful to me today. I’m above all thankful for God’s faithfulness! And I’d be willing to bet that the Pilgrims were too.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” -Lamentations 3:22-23

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