The First Thanksgiving; oil painting by Jennie Brownscombe
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”- 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Sometimes we complain of the hardness of our lives, that we have had so little of ease and luxury, that we have had to work so hard, bear so many burdens, and sometimes we let ourselves grow bitter and unthankful as we think of the severity of our experience. But of all times—it has been in these very severities that we have got the richest qualities in our character. If we are living truly, serving God and following Christ, there is no event or experience for which we may not be thankful. Every voice of our lips should be praise. Every day of our years should be a thanksgiving day. He who has learned the Thanksgiving lesson, well has found the secret of a beautiful life.”
The Thanksgiving Lesson by J.R. Miller, 1912.