Discerning Moment: Timeless Truths from America's Treasury

The True Story of the
First Thanksgiving

By Dr. Max Lyons

We remember the Pilgrims sailed across the Ocean on the little ship named The Mayflower. The first year at Plymouth was very hard for the Pilgrims. It was very cold—there was snow and ice on the ground. The Pilgrims built houses for shelter. But first, they built a house for the Lord, a church where they could gather to worship Him and to give thanks for their safe voyage across the ocean to America. The Pilgrims came to America to “propagate and advance the Gospel” of Jesus Christ in these “remote parts of the world.” They also wanted to educate their little children in the ways of the Lord.

After that first winter, the Pilgrims had a surprise. This is how Governor William Bradford described it in his history of the Pilgrims, Of Pilmoth Plantation:

But about the 16th of March, a certain Indian came boldly amongst them and spoke to them in broken English, which they could well understand but marveled at it… His name was Samoset. He told them also of another Indian whose was Squanto, a native of this place, who had been in England and could speak better English than himself.

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This Thanksgiving, Teach Your Children Christian Character

Thanksgiving is the opportune time to teach the much-loved, Christian history classic, The Courtship of Miles Standish. This story, relayed in the form of poetry, takes place in the Plymouth Colony around 1620 when the Pilgrims were struggling to survive during those early years of sacrifice. It is filled with ideals that delight, instruct and indelibly imprint on the heart a love of the Pilgrims.

At one time, this story was taught as part of every curriculum when God was honored in our schools. The poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of the most loved and recited American poets, was based upon well-known tradition. Longfellow was a direct descendent of the Pilgrim John Alden.

Each canto overflows with the beauty of tried and proven Christian character and is filled with Biblical imagery. This Thanksgiving, introduce your students to one of the most cherished and instructive episodes in America’s Christian history. Bless your family with the incomparable story from our legacy of Christian character and God’s providence.

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