When I was a kid, I had no idea God was connected to Thanksgiving. I had no idea that the Pilgrims' celebration was an expression of how thankful they were for God's faithfulness and great provision.
Now Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year because I love rereading the story of the Pilgrims and their faith and how God answered their prayers in big miraculous ways.
And I get so excited sharing that story from 400 years ago with my kids and reminding them that God still answers prayers and still moves in ways that make us gasp.
And then I so enjoy sitting around a fire with Rob and the kids and remembering all our own personal God stories.
One of the God stories I like to share from the first Thanksgiving is the story of Squanto. Most of us know that Squanto was the Indian that taught the Pilgrims how to hunt and fish and how to grow corn. But do you know how Squanto knew English?
Squanto was captured at age 12 by English traders and sold into slavery. Kind monks in Spain purchased Squanto and treated him well. The monks later sent Squanto to England in an attempt to help him return to his family. In England, Squanto lived with a Christian family and learned English.
Several years later, Squanto found a ship sailing to America. But when Squanto got home, he learned that an epidemic had wiped out his entire village. I am sure Squanto was dismayed and confused. I am sure he wondered where God was and what God was doing.
Genesis 50:20 says "You intended to harm me, but God turned it into good." God had taken Squanto's pain and tragedy and used it for His purposes It was a miracle that an English-speaking Indian, Squanto lived in the exact place where the Pilgrims had accidentally landed in a strange new world. Because of Squanto, the Pilgrims were able to survive and thrive and worship in freedom.
I love this story becasue the emphasis is on God, not Squanto, not the Pilrgrims. It is a story of God's provision. A story of how God can take evil and turn it for good.
Perhaps you can share this story around your Thankgiving table this year.
And if you are interested in reading more God stories from that first Thanksgiving, read the Origin of Thanksgiving (only a page, not too long). And yesterday, I shared 2 short stories that would also be perfect to share around the dinner table.
This is my last post until Monday. I am going off line to be with the family. Happy Thanksgiving! One of my many blessings and joys is this blog and you who read it. Really.
I am sharing this post over at Women Living Well.