So, am I mixing holidays here?  I’ve been posting Easter pictures on Thanksgiving, and of course you’re all thinking, “What’s going on?”

The simple fact is that despite all the commercialism that Thanksgiving has got caught in (mostly commercialism attached to Christmas shopping!), and despite all the emphasis on the meal, today was originally about giving thanks to God for his blessings.

My mother, with her usual perfect timing, has been covering early American history with TJ and BP, my youngest brothers.  For the last few weeks I’ve been listening in to bits and pieces of Genevieve Foster’s “The World of Captain John Smith” and James Daugherty’s “The Landing of the Pilgrims.”  The Pilgrims had a lot to be thankful for when they began the tradition of getting together for a meal and a game.  Granted, in the early days, they furnished their own entertainment: footraces, jumping contests, and such like.  These days, after the turkey’s history (or mostly history anyway) we tend to head for the nearest TV set and watch someone else work hard on the football field.

The point is, we have much to be thankful for, just as much as the first celebrants, the Pilgrims and the Indians.  The Pilgrims had survived a harsh transition to a new world, and the Indians had made friends with the strange men who carried fearsome thunder-sticks (muskets).  Today, I’m thankful for the Pilgrims’ perseverance, because if they had not stuck to that little settlement and paved the way, it might have been years or decades before another group with enough tenacity came to build our nation.

I’m also thankful for the things which drove the Pilgrims here.  Most of that first band belonged to a small congregation that called themselves Separatists.  They disagreed with many of the practices and doctrines of the Church of England, so they went to Holland where they could worship God in a Biblical way.  After a few years with the Dutch, they made the decision to go to America, where they would be free from the influences of other religions.  Well, that’s what they thought anyway!

Sometimes I feel like a Pilgrim myself.  The rest of the time, I know I am one!  The two epistles that Peter wrote talk about the Heart Pilgrim.  As a Christian, I am a daughter of The King, and someday he will call me home.  That’s why I do not find it strange that I am drawn to the songs about heaven (check out post here).

And this brings me back to my original subject in this post.  Why am I thinking Easter thoughts on Thanksgiving?  It’s because the thing I’m most thankful for this Thanksgiving is my salvation.  I don’t belong to this world any longer.  I have another home in a world to come.  God sent his son to the cross to die in my place, to pay for all the times I’ve broken His law.  I should have been the one on that cross.  Instead, Jesus was.  But, as in the photo, He’s not on that cross anymore.  Nor is He in the tomb.  On the third day, He rose from the dead, and after appearing to many (over 400 people), He ascended to heaven to sit at God’s right hand until the time when He comes back to reign.

So why don’t I have a picture of Him sitting beside the throne?  Well, it would be pretty hard.  No one has seen Him there and come back to describe it (unless you count a few near-death experiences), let alone taken a camera with him (I think the shekinah glory would overpower any camera anyway)!  The other shots are representative anyway, but for this I didn’t feel right about using an approximation.  I can see it in my mind’s eye, but even there I am blinded by the glory of God.  My mental image isn’t clouded, it’s dazzled.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?  The list usually includes family, friends, food, maybe even football!  I’m thankful for all of these too, but they are dwarfed by the thing my Savior did for me.

Perhaps you’ve never heard about the wonderful thing that God did.  Maybe you’ve never realized that Jesus came and paid the price for all the times you’ve broken His law (check out Exodus chapter 20 if you need a refresher on that).  Give it some thought today.  Yes, Jesus took your place too.  He is God after all, He can save the world, unlike most superheros.  But He won’t save us if we don’t want to be saved.  Saving us wouldn’t be worth it if all we did was grumble that we liked our old life better.  So He gives us a choice.  You have to ask.  And when you do, He takes care of the rest.

Now that’s something to give thanks for!

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