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Beyond Thanksgiving

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. - Galatians 2:20 (NASB)

At times, I am guilty of getting into a such a rush to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday that I fail to take the time to remember why we observe Thanksgiving in America. Because of this, I felt compelled to read about the pilgrims’ trip to America and what it may have been like for them. According to a History Channel article titled, “The Pilgrims Miserable Journey Aboard the Mayflower.” The voyage was not easy. The pilgrims were transported above the cargo deck in a space with no windows, for a 3000-mile journey. They were cramped in stinky quarters, suffered seasickness, and other illnesses and even the death of a passenger, who was an indentured servant.

This prompted me to think about their sacrifice and the conditions they endured to achieve a new life, as well as reflect on the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior as He endured the cross. Jesus knew that His sacrifice was the only way for His creation to experience salvation. (John 20:31; Mark 1:15; 1 Peter 1: 8-12; Romans 10: 9-19). A benefit to us all when we receive Him into our heart.

Our journey in this life is filled with hardship, sickness, death, struggles and blessings; may we remember those who gave up their comfort and lives so that we can live because of their sacrifice; whether it is a soldier who fights for our freedom, or an exhausting journey to a new country, or the love of Christ who reminds us, “that is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in a living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.” - 1 Timothy 4:10. For this I am thankful!

Heavenly Father, thank You for calling us to Your feast at Your table. May we heed Your voice as we stive to remember those who have paved a path for Your truth and purpose, may You receive the glory beyond Thanksgiving. (Matthew 22:14)

This devotion by author, Terrie Miles, is exclusively and solely shared with permission to New Beginnings Church. Any unauthorized printed reproduction, sharing or use of this material is prohibited.

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