Bixia Huang
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Thanksgiving, Then and Now

From what I know, Thanksgiving dinner with turkey was celebrated by some English Christian Pilgrims who left England in search of a new home way back in the 1600's. where they can worship God freely.  Hence there is  an American state called New England. From Wikipedia:" The Massachusetts Bay Colony ( consisting mainly of Puritan Christians) celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time in 1630, and frequently thereafter. " This became a national holiday in Abraham Lincoln's presidency. So I would image that these  initial English settlers thanked God for their safe arrival, for their new home and for probably being able to farm and live, freely able to worship God they way they preferred. So nowadays, what are  people thankful for, those who celebrate this holiday?  Surely for family and friend, since it is always, from what I read, a big family gathering.  Surely too, all of us learn to be thankful for all the positive happenings in our lives. And, to whom are we thankful to?And, I wonder if it is usual for us to be thankful for freedom to worship? Sad to say, there are many in different parts of the world who worship in secret or they are imprisoned and may lose their very lives, just as described in the Acts of the Apostles。And Paul the Apostle wrote that we are to be thankful in all circumstances. So as a Christian, I need to remember to be thankful to God for all things. Maintaining a positive and optimistic attitude must be good for our mind, body and soul too. 1 Thessalonian 5:18in everything give thanks; for it is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you                            帖撒罗尼迦前书5:18凡事谢恩;应为这是神在基督耶稣里向你们所定的旨意   感恩                 感恩 

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Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 所 以 , 你 們 若 真 與 基 督

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