Happy Thanksgiving

This is the time of the year to give thanks to God for the blessings he’s given us. I woke up this morning and decided to do a little research into the history of the Thanksgiving celebration and found a few links I thought were interesting. As usual, Wikipedia has a pretty complete article on the holiday:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_(United_States)

But I also found this book which contains an actual first hand account of the first Thanksgiving celebration. I always love to read the actual writings of people who were at a historical event. I find it much more interesting than reading some historians abridged version. So check this out, it’s the full text of a book called “Mourt’s Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth”¬†on Google Books and contains footnotes to help give some background and explanation to the passages. Fascinating.

http://books.google.com/books?id=OEzGCrVmUssC&lpg=PP1&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

So what am I thankful for? I have so much to be thankful for it’s not even funny. First off, I thank God for never letting me go, for always pushing on my soul even when I was out doing my own thing, determined to ruin my life by selfish, reckless behavior. I thank him for having his hand is every area of my life, no matter how small. I thank him for sending Jesus to die for my sins and freeing me from that burden.

I am thankful for a wife who is caring and loving and faithful and loyal. I don’t deserve her.

I am thankful for a daughter who is sweet and kind, who loves people as they are.

I am thankful for my mens group who are some of the best musicians I know, and who are some of the most quality people as well. Thanks for keeping me grounded guys.

I am thankful for the ability to work, and the opportunity to work for a company which performs such a critical service to the community.

I am thankful for a renewed relationship with my little sister, and for all the new family connections made over the past year.

I am thankful for music, and the ability to create it by bashing on things with pieces of wood. Seriously, my life would have a serious hole in it without this.

And honestly if I sat here for another hour I could think of hundreds of other things. I hope everyone out there has a fantastic day today.

Happy Thanksgiving!