Last year we were living in New England and we went down to the Plimouth Plantation around Thanksgiving. The re-created village made the lives of those first settlers all the more real. Dark, cramped shacks with little ventilation from fireplaces, huddled together for life and liberty made their sacrifices almost tangible. Leaving all they had once known to make a fresh life where they and their future generations might be free to worship God required much from them. The trip over was difficult. A little more than 130 people (crew and colonists) fit on a ship that to me looked like it could fit 25 comfortably, 50 reasonably, but certainly not the numbers they carried - with supplies, cargo, food and livestock as well! After the arduous 65 day journey, it is recorded that William Brewster led the pilgrims in the reading of Psalm 100:
In light of all their hardships and losses I was struck afresh by their attitude of thankfulness. I was and still am amazed at their steadfast faith. They didn't endure the loss of life and comforts only to turn with distrust and hurt away from God. They did not allow their questions, pain or loss to define God. Their faith in His goodness, love and sovereignty are captured in their writings, journals and prayerbooks.
This Thanksgiving, I pray that my gratitude might be rooted in the character and nature of God more than my ever-changing circumstances--and it’s my prayer for you too. Out of all that has been this last year, our plenty and our loss, may we see the small beginnings of God doing something good and great within and through us. And in our gratitude may our lives be a bright light declaring the praise and glory of our Lord’s name!
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About April Motl
April Motl is a pastor’s wife who loves to laugh, loves her man, loves to talk on the phone entirely too long and most of all, loves her Lord. Collaborating with the joint efforts of her husband Eric, the two of them share a ministry dedicated to bringing God’s Word into the everyday lives of married couples, men and women. April writes and teaches for women. When she’s not tapping away at the computer writing, or trying to catch up with the laundry and dishes, she is busy serving as a pastor’s wife. April has been privileged through her own church and ministry outside her local body to share God's Word with women ranging in ages and stages, across denominations, and walks of life. Her passion is to bring God's liberating truth to His Beloved. She teaches God's Word with real life illustrations, humor and practical application. April is a graduate from Southern California Seminary (MRS) and has written for Just Between Us Magazine, Dayspring's (In)courage, and The Secret Place and also writes regularly for crosswalk.com. For more information, visit Motl Ministries at: www.MotlMinistries.com
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