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God's Ways and the First Thanksgiving

Most of us are familiar with the story of the First Thanksgiving. The barebones story goes something like this: “The Puritans on the Mayflower fled religious persecution in England and landed at Plymouth Rock. After a rough start, they befriended the Indians and at harvest time had a celebration, thanking God for His many blessings.” But there is more to the story than this, a background story that encourages us to trust in God and His providence even in the face of horrible and incomprehensible evil and injustice. “Man’s ways are not God’s ways” we are told. These words are a colloquial way of rephrasing the words of Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are yo

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