In early autumn of 1621, the 53 surviving Pilgrims celebrated their successful harvest, as was the English custom.
That celebration is remembered as the “First Thanksgiving in Plymouth.” There are only two primary source descriptions of the events of the fall of 1621. Here’s one of them. In his book Mourt’s Relation, Edward Winslow writes:
The religious day of thanksgiving and the harvest festival evolved into a single event: a yearly Thanksgiving, proclaimed by individual governors for a Thursday in November. The custom of celebrating abundance and family spread across America. Abraham Lincoln began the tradition of an annual national Thanksgiving in 1863.
Here we are, 394 years since the first Thanksgiving Day and we are still counting our blessings and the abundance that God has continued to supply. Today, I am grateful for those faithful pilgrims who landed on our eastern shores, braved the harsh winters and established a colony dedicated to freedom and founded on the worship of God.
In the midst of all the food, fun and activities may we each be reminded of just how good God has been to the people of this nation. May we be grateful for every blessing, great and small.
Originally posted on Crown.