I would like to take a moment and consider what Thanksgiving is all about? It's not all for the stomach you know.

The pilgrims came to this country for religious freedom. For many, their first years here were devastating. As years passed they learned to grow crops and began to build warm homes to snuggle up in. Thanksgiving was born from the gratitude of these early pilgrims.

They gave thanks for their harvest, for their health, for their new found country, and their families. They celebrated with their neighbors the Native Americans.  They played games, danced and ate lots of good food. This celebration lasted for 3 days. I believe the USA is still the freest country in the world. But the garden of freedom that those pilgrims planted is being planted with the weeds of this world more and more every year. Prayer is uprooted from schools and in its place the weeds of legal abortions are planted. The Word of God was once strongly rooted in our classrooms but it has been replaced with marriages between members of the same sex. What will our heavenly Father do when he sees the weeds in our garden? We need to pray for our country.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

Friends, it's time to get out our garden tools and start weeding again. And where we weed is on our knees. We need to humble ourselves, to pray and to seek the face of God. We need to pray with the same diligence of the pilgrims when they fought for their freedom and lives.  We need to pray beyond comfort and convenience. Throughout the Old Testament we are given examples. Examples of when the children of Israel were lazy. They turned away from God and lost their land. Examples of when they prayed returned to God and their land was restored. We serve the same God. He teaches us and woes us in the same ways.

So what am I thankful for this Thanksgiving season?

I thank my heavenly Father for my salvation. I rejoice for that day years ago when I chose to receive His free gift of salvation. I am grateful that I was given a chance to ask him to become the Lord and Savior of my life. And I am doubly joyful and thankful that God set me and my family free from the bondage of a religious system that choked my freedom to worship. It is a thrill to watch my children and grandchildren expand their wings and fly into God plans for their lives.

Praise be to the LORD, who has not let us be torn by their teeth.  Psalms 124:6

Friends I encourage you to take time from your busy day. Sit down and write out your many blessing this year. Remember what God has done for you. And remember your country in prayer.