This is the season that we are reminded of the early settlers of our nation. They overcame incredible hardship and the loss of many lives just for the hope of living with freedoms that we can easily take for granted. This attitude of blessing and thanksgiving predates the Pilgrims by thousands of years. While pausing to be grateful for our wonderful nation, let's also go back to a couple of letters written to early Christians. We'll see just how much we have in common when it comes to reasons for thanksgiving.