LAND OF THE PILGRIMS' PRIDE
Jesus Christ taught us to pray. In the model He gave us is a
symphony of praise and thanks:
"FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND
THE GLORY FOREVER."
We are so blessed we have reason to pause and thank Him. Let
our hearts and voice resound with songs of praise:
"My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing:
Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrim's pride,
From every mountain side let freedom ring!
Our fathers' God, to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing,
Long may our land be bright with freedom's holy light;
Protect us by Thy might, Great God our King!"
Our Lord desires and deserves our thanks. Our Pilgrim
predecessors modeled it for us.
The Scripture says: "in everything give thanks; for this is the will of
God in Christ Jesus for you" (I Thessalonians 5:18).
Note, "in everything give thanks." Our response is a one word
question, "everything?" Giving thanks is an act of the will. Feeling
thankful is an act of the emotions. The text does not say in
everything we should feel thankful. We simply don't. However, we
are inclined to give thanks once we become convinced of the truth
in Romans 8: 28:
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who
love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."
With that reference point we can give thanks. It must be readily
conceded that at times circumstances don't dictate a spontaneous
desire to give thanks. Retrospect often gives reason to have done
Consider the Pilgrims progress and see if stages of their advance
automatically called forth thanksgiving.
The Pilgrims were political refugees fleeing religious persecution.
Having moved from their native England to Holland to avoid further
persecution they soon found themselves isolated on the continent
of Europe. There children were beginning to adopt th ...
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