America’s first Thanksgiving was celebrated after the Pilgrims’ successful harvest in 1621. But it was celebrated, in part, because the previous year had been so filled with sorrow. The Pilgrims had suffered starvation that killed nearly every wife and mother in the settlement, and the Native Americans were nearly wiped out by a plague. There were many, many empty places at the table for that first Thanksgiving feast.

Even in hardship, they gave thanks.

Why did the Pilgrims give thanks for the goodness of God? They had incredible faith and journeyed across the ocean where they could freely live out their faith without government infringement.

I am humbled by their courageous faith and reminded of their example of gratitude.

For many, 2021 has been a difficult year. Even in hardship and loss, we can take heart because we have the good news of Christ and His love and sacrifice for us.

These blessings bring me joy—His sacrificial love for me and the hope of heaven that neither death nor plague can take from me.

As you gather, look at the faces that sit around your Thanksgiving table…and give thanks, even in hardship.

May your Thanksgiving be blessed and joyous, and may we hold steadfast to the day when we all sit together again around our Father’s table and give thanks!

This Tuesday is #GivingTuesday!  Ministry friends have offered a $75,000 match challenge. Give securely now to help us ensure religious liberty is protected for future generations, so every Nebraskan can live, work, worship, and raise their children according to their faith.

From the Nebraska Family Alliance team, we give thanks for our ministry friends and wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

Karen Bowling

Karen Bowling

Executive Director
When Karen isn't fulfilling her duties as the Executive Director of NFA, leading a women's Bible study, or coordinating a prayer meeting, she's usually with her five grandchildren that keep her busy, laughing, and young at heart.