The History Of Thanksgiving

The history of Thanksgiving is marked by the joyous tradition begun by brave Pilgrims during their first year in the New World. In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims and their Indian friends offered grateful voices of praise to God for their first, bountiful harvest as they gathered together in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Thanksgiving history bears note of the enduring gratitude of the little band of English settlers who lost half their colony to death even before they made their event into the book of records on that bright day in autumn. As Christians remember the event, the undaunted heroes of national and Christian heritage have been a continuing example of faith for extreme times and that is celebrated even today throughout North America.

The events span several centuries wide and have reflected a special courage and Christian quality of thankfulness that is woven throughout the Scriptures. Exemplified through the history of Thanksgiving is Philippians 4:6,7a which exhorts Christians to "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God...shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Clinging tightly to their convictions in spite of loss, loneliness and pain, the early Pilgrims transcended all trials through faith in an Almighty God in whom they could trust. Test your knowledge of Thanksgiving history by taking our quiz!

God is delighted in all thankfulness to Him, especially in the hard times. That was what motivated the early settlers of the New World to make Thanksgiving history by setting aside a day filled with gratitude for their fall bounty. The history of Thanksgiving is special to believers today because it is an encouragement to be grateful to an awesome, loving God Who sees our need before we know it! The meaning may be lost on the world at times, but the example remains unchangeable. The historical event is abundant with stories of real people who lost everything, yet could praise Him through it all.

An authentic perspective of what the event truly represents is more than just a harvest party among a bunch of stuffy, prudish Pilgrims and naive, native Indians! The history of Thanksgiving is born from people who obviously knew more hardship than ease. Those Pilgrims still saw God's abundant blessings and actively praised Him which has made Thanksgiving history worthy of remembrance. "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 5:20).







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