The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth

Finally, buy cialis capsule  brethren, buy cialis buy whatever is true, pharm whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4: 8    And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

 In other years I have shared articles about America’s first official Thanksgiving proclamation as authored by George Washington in 1789.     I hope you enjoyed those historical and spiritual reviews; if you missed any they are on my web site   But actually the first celebration of Thanksgiving in America was in 1621, almost 170 years earlier.   It was a three day affair where the founding Pilgrims praised and thanked God and feasted on wild turkey and venison with over ninety invited Indian guests.   A year later an official written Thanksgiving proclamation was penned by William Bradford (Governor of the first colony) on November 29th,1623.   It reads:

To All Ye Pilgrims

In as much as the Great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, beans, squashes and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and in as much 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 our wives and little ones, to 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 sixteen hundred and twenty-three.    Ye shall listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye almighty God for all His blessings.

Teachable Moment

Take a devotional time with your children before you sit down to eat Thanksgiving dinner this year.   Read this proclamation aloud to the family and then have each of your family share what God has done for them this year.   When you have finished your sharing ask one of your children to give the Thanksgiving prayer.    Give him or her time to prepare, don’t just spring it on them.