WFW: Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2009

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Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

This is our favorite holiday. It is America’s very first holiday, when the Separatists (who had come from England to escape religious persecution) had a great feast and gave thanks to God for providing for them: for the abundant and beautiful new land of America; for the Wampanoag Indians who had helped the Separatists survive that first awful winter; for the freedom they all now had to practice the Christian religion according to their conscience. That’s a LOT to be thankful for!!

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This is what William Bradford, the governor of the colony wrote:

Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience.

Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.

William Bradford
Ye Governor of Ye Colony

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Of this day, President George Washington proclaimed:

It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor…Both the houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness..”

You can read a very good summary of the “Why Do We?…” about Thanksgiving here and the Pilgrim Hall Museum website is here.

I have the great honor of descending from one of those men who signed the Mayflower Compact and survived that first terrible winter in Massachusetts. I am grateful to God for His marvelous work. God bless us all! Happy Thanksgiving!

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2 Responses to “WFW: Happy Thanksgiving!”

  1. Jay Says:

    I think it is wonderful that we Christians have a full holiday all to ourselves with no intervention from atheists! Because after all, they should be THANKFUL that they have holloween all to themselves! šŸ˜‰

    I really love the quotes you pointed out- this country WAS founded on Biblical priniciples!

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