November 26, 2013


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SCRIPTURE

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done.

~Philippians 4:6, NLT

QUOTE

What if you woke up tomorrow with only what you had given thanks for today?

~Anonymous

COMMENTARY

The Mayflower

The Mayflower

The 102 pilgrims who made the 66 day voyage across the Atlantic were housed under the main deck in a cargo area that had a 5 1/2 foot ceiling. The story of the pilgrims has God’s providence written all over it. One of the main beams in the ship cracked during a storm. If it had broken completely, the ship would have sank but one of the Pilgrims had brought a huge iron screw to build a printing press and that screw saved the ship.  Their intended destination was the Hudson Bay but they got off course and landed on Cape Cod which also proved providential. Farm land had been cleared at Cape Cod and there were no hostile Indians in this area. Then they met a native American name Squanto who had been captured by one of the trading companies and carried to England as a slave. While in England, he mastered the language. When he was set free, he returned to his native America. Squanto served as a liaison between the Pilgrims and the Indians and he showed them how to plant corn which quickly became their main staple.  

The first winter was extreme and of the 102 Pilgrims, only 44 survived. Legend has it that they congregated to consider their options and most of the discussion was about the hardships they faced and if they should return to the Mother Land. It is said that one Pilgrim rose to feet and said, “We’ve spent our time talking about the hardships but we have not mentioned any of the blessings. Perhaps we should focus on the good things that have happened instead of the bad.” This meeting was the turning point.

Squanto

Squanto

We are born with a negative default. We naturally dwell upon the negative. One word of criticism can eclipse a hundred words of praise. THANKSGIVING is making a conscious effort to highlight the positive and focus on the good. It is to remember that every good gift comes down from above.

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EXTRA

  • Visitations: Two nights in a row of unbelievable lines at Pecks. I didn’t get to go Sunday night but last night was unbelievable, I have never seen anything like it.
  • Dana Segars: They had planned to do an angioplasty stent procedure on Dana yesterday but they rescheduled it for this morning. They will begin about 8:00 am. Pray for Dana, Jimmy and Sandra. I will be going down first thing LORD willing.
  • Charlie Thompson may be some better. His kidneys were failing but started working very early yesterday morning. It gave Joyce and the family a scare but things are looking better.
  • Celebration of Life service for Betty Jean Steele, 83, will be Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 3:00PM at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dan Compton officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.  Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery (South of Danville).  Visitation will be Tuesday, November 26, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the funeral home.  Betty was survived by One Son: Steve Steele, Danville, AL; Two Brothers: Harold Morris, Hartselle, AL and Don Morris, Massey, AL;  Three Grandchildren: Stephanie Lowrey, Brad Steele, and  Brent  Steele and one Great Grand child, Shantel McPherson.
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