Being Thankful to God on Thanksgiving Print This Post

November 25, 2014 | By | Reply More

As the Pilgrims sat with the Wampanoag to celebrate their first successful harvest, the Almighty was also present in their prayers.

They were thankful for their first crop and the Indian corn which they had harvested; and, as historical letters attest, such one from a Pilgrim child, they were also thankful for the abundance of wild game which was available to them: “Four men went hunting wild fowl and brought back enough geese, ducks and other birds to last nearly a week!”

It is good to be thankful this Thanksgiving as we spend time with our families and relish our plentiful feasts. But we are not only thankful, generally, for the things we have, but we ought direct our thankfulness not only towards one another, but upwards to Heaven for the blessings which have been so graciously bestowed upon us.

The Pilgrims made their objectively plain in the Mayflower Compact: “Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine our selves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.”

The Pilgrims were fleeing the Church of England in order to obtain religious liberty. Having been born out of the Protestant Reformation, the Pilgrims were seeking for a better country where they could celebrate their religion with the utmost liberty. In so doing, they sought to establish a civil government for the “furtherance of the ends aforesaid”. America, was built on the concept of freedom – not from religion, but for religion and self-governance. Let us continue this faithful trend in America and reverse the damage which has been done to us by an ever-expanding secular state whose goal is to erase and rewrite our history and thereby vanquish the freedoms which our forefathers established by their own blood.

We pray that you have a blessed Thanksgiving season! And remember what made America great. Let us continue in that tradition!

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