Give Thanks Amid Adversity
A hard, cold winter greeted the Pilgrims who reached Plymouth Rock in 1620. Miles Standish was Military Captain for the Colony and one of the few to escape illness. His wife, Rose, was less fortunate.
She died of the "great sickness" that took half the colonists who made the voyage.
Yet, even in the wake of their tragic first months, the colonists endured. By that fall, they could celebrate a festival of thanksgiving. Even Miles Standish, who had given much and lost more, was able to pray and thank God for the bountiful harvest.
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Life brings hard seasons when we need not just words but courage and enduring faith to continue to thank a good God . . . in the high calling of our daily work.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.