Category Archives: Thanksgiving
“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.” (Matthew 15: 8-9)
Sometimes when we meet with God in our quiet times, it is hard to give over “our” time to “Him”. Why is this? We need to rend our hearts when we first arrive to be with Him, but we are so burdened with our sin, guilt and problems that we put ourselves first in the time slot. I am guilty as charged. Some days I come and rend my heart and I repent so I can be cleansed and have nothing between me and God, but other times I just rush right in. I am so much in need of His loving care that I don’t give Him His rightful place.
The word pilgrim is a noun and describes someone that embarks on a long journey to a sacred place for religious reasons. We study in history that the first people to settle in North America were Pilgrims. These pilgrims were part of a separatist group called “Puritans” who broke away from the Church of England in 1607 and then looking for freedom to express and live out their Christ-based religion travelled in 1620 on the Mayflower from Plymouth England to land near today’s Provincetown in November and later in December on what they called Plymouth Rock, which is the western side of Cape Cod Bay. Continue reading