|"Give thanks to Him and praise His name." Psalm 100:4|
"The Pilgrims decided to have a special day to thank God for all He had given them. They had done this at harvest time in England.
Now they wanted to have a Thanksgiving feast and invite the Indian chief and his people.
And what a feast it was!
The day of the Thanksgiving dinner was warm and pleasant. Long tables were set out-of-doors. Probably the Pilgrims dressed in the best clothes they had, the men wearing their big, wide hats instead of work caps.
The Indian chief and the governor of Plymouth sat at one table. Some sat at tables - some on the ground. Elder Brewster, the minister, said a prayer, giving thanks to God for homes and food and safety in a new land.
The Indians may have understood about the prayer, for their people had a Thanksgiving prayer of their own. They gave thanks to their God, who made 'the trees grow, the corn grow, and all kinds of fruits.'
After the feast the settlers played games. The Indians danced. The Indians stayed for three days.
The Pilgrims did not forget the hard times. They knew there would be difficult times to come. Still, they felt they had many things to be thankful for. They had food and houses and warm fires. The Indians were their friends. They were free in this new land. Free to work, to make their homes, to worship God in their own way.
Perhaps they sang the hymn they had brought to the New World with them:
'Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below...'"
(excerpt from The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh.)
Happy Thanksgiving! thank you, Father, for providing our daily bread and so, so much more. may we sing with thankfulness in our hearts to You!
1 Thessalonians 5:18