Highlands Blog: A Few Dozen Things on My Thankful List
Pastor and Mrs. Colboch love the Thanksgiving season! In this week’s Highlands blog, Pastor encourages us to teach our children about the meaning of the first Thanksgiving (and why it’s so important)…and then shares a few dozen things on his personal thankful list!
In a day that much of history is being rewritten, memorials to the past are being removed, and the word entitlement now describes much of the society in which we live; the real meaning of Thanksgiving Day is quickly fading. For many, Thanksgiving correlates with nothing more than a day off, turkey, and football. For that reason, I want to start with a brief history of Thanksgiving.
In September 1620, the Mayflower left England carrying 102 passengers seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and find opportunities for prosperity. The difficult journey eventually took the Pilgrims to Plymouth, where winter and disease were so brutal that only half of the original passengers and crew survived.
The Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate corn, extract sap, and fish. In November 1621, the Pilgrims had organized a feast to celebrate their successful harvest and invited their Indian friends to enjoy a meal of celebration with them. This feast is remembered as the “first Thanksgiving.” On October 3, 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving to be celebrated each November.
Culturally, it is not politically correct to say Indian, and some will frown on the term Native American. I assume it won’t be long before Thanksgiving Day is removed from the history books. So before that happens, I encourage you to teach your children about the first Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Day has deep meaning and should cause us to reflect on our blessings and thank God for His provisions.
So, where do I start?
I am thankful to live in a country where the Gospel is preached freely and that I was able to come to know Christ as a teenager. I am thankful for the privilege I had to grow up in a Christian home, attend a Christian school, raise my family to know Christ, worship freely, own multiple copies of the Bible, and preach the Gospel for 33 years and counting.
I am thankful that God is faithful, even when man is not. I am thankful for a godly, loving, and faithful wife. I’m thankful that my wife, my children, and I were all able to attend college. I am thankful for dear friends locally, across the USA, and around the world. I am thankful for my health, food in my pantry, clean drinking water, clothes on my back, and a good sanitation system. I am thankful for the privilege to own a car and a house. I am thankful for a free nation, those who serve in our military, for law enforcement, fire fighters, and other first responders. I am thankful for easily accessible healthcare and the modern technology that enhances and prolongs our lives.
I am thankful for the warm welcome we have received at Grace Church and for the privilege of leading this church to follow and accomplish God’s plans to impact our community for eternity! I am thankful for the privilege of serving with a great team of co-workers. I am thankful for our Christian school in which we can teach academics, instill wisdom, and develop critical thinkers who can make decisions based on a Christian worldview. I am thankful for the opportunity to make disciples locally and globally. I am thankful my children are saved, living for Christ, and pursuing godliness. I am thankful for two wonderful sons-in-law and for my new granddaughter.
When we pause for a moment to count our blessings, it is amazing to realize that we have so much to be thankful for! Life gets busy, and we often get caught up in it like the hamster on the wheel–so let me encourage you to take time this Thanksgiving Day to pause, reflect, and give thanks to God for His many blessings! Sure, eat the turkey, enjoy the family, and watch some football; but also give thanks to God and to those family members and friends He has blessed you with.
I want to close with a simple “thank you” to you! Thanks for allowing me to serve you and your family, for allowing me to serve with you, and for the love you have shown to my family. We love being part of the Grace ministries family!