LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - More than 300 years ago, the first settlers of this great nation didn't realize what they had gotten themselves into. You see, they arrived here unprepared for what was coming. That first winter on Plymouth brought exposure to freezing conditions, malnutrition, illness, and led to the death of more than 40 settlers.
At the time, that was almost half of the group. But with the help of the natives, the pilgrims built adequate shelter, saved food from an abundant crop and learned how to survive the next winter in this new land. The following fall, having realized they'd weathered the worst and came out alive, they celebrated with a huge feast. They gave thanks for three things: the blessings of God, the mercy of God, and their friends and family.
Consider this: Sometimes we have to face the storms of life to realize how thankful we are for the sunshine. My hope is that we can all focus on the blessings we have in our lives right now. Not dwelling on what we don't have or the negative things around us. For some, it's been a tough year. For others, one filled with blessings. But all of us have one thing in common: we all have the opportunity to be thankful for something or someone.
Let's remember to give thanks for what we do have. And let's remember to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us. May God bless you and your family this Thanksgiving.
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