Rejoicing Together with You
In a letter written, 11th December 1621 (exactly one year from the day on which the shallop landed on the shore of Plymouth), Edward Winslow shared this account of the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Plantation:
"Our harvest being gotten, our governor sent four men on fowling; so that we might, after a more special manner, rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king, Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted; and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation, and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”1
We hope this post finds you "rejoicing together” with friends and family, in person or in spirit, and accounting God's goodness and Providence in this season of thanksgiving. We must all be reminded that "we are so far from want” because we have the Bread of Life.
"…Man doth not live by bread only,
but by every word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of the Lord
doth man live.”
Giving Thanks to the Holy One,
The Foundation for American Christian Education
1 Fiore, Jordan D. Ed. Mourt's Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims of Plymouth. Plymouth, MA: Plymouth Rock
Foundation, 1985, p. 72.