When you think about that first Thanksgiving, it too was a bit rough, but a good start. They had just gotten through what was probably the hardest time of their lives, but they had hope that things would improve. In the midst of celebrating and thanking God for all He had done, you have to wonder if there was also sadness in the air. How many of those folks (Pilgrims and Native Americans alike) had lost loved ones since coming to America?
On the day before Thanksgiving, I'm always a bit sad, because it marks the day that our Sweet Baby James left our home to live with his birth family. I miss him so much. But, like at that first Thanksgiving, we give thanks for all God has done to get us through the rough times, and for giving us all the good times.
Thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. -1 Thessalonians 5:18