Remembering Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving 1621, oil on canvas by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1899).

First Thanksgiving

November 1621

Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians Plymouth, Massachusetts

After losing half their population to starvation and disease during the winter icy season, the Pilgrims planted extra crops. But a terrible drought prevented the growth of food. The Pilgrim’s began a community prayer and fast. Nine hours later, clouds appeared, and for the next fourteen days, there was a soft, soaking rain. The result was a bumper crop. Thanksgiving that year was a feast. There was an abundance of food. But, before they feasted, they all received a plate with just five kernels of corn on it. William Bradford wrote, “We have noted these things so that you might see their worth and not negligently lose what your fathers have obtained with so much hardship.”

Poem by Hezekiah Butterworth, Five Kernels of Corn



First Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to Continue Reading


A pilgrim’s thanksgiving like no other

The Pilgrims left Leydon, Holland when they heard about and prayed about the opportunity to go to America. But, the Pilgrims were not Dutch. They were English. Why were they in Holland? They were separating themselves from the spiritual corruption in the Church of England. The Bishops would not tolerate such rebellion, so under persecution,… Continue Reading


Five Kernels of Corn

by Hezekiah Butterworth ‘Twas the year of the famine in Plymouth of old, The ice and the snow from the thatched roofs had rolled; Through the warm purple skies steered the geese o’er the seas, And the woodpeckers tapped in the clocks of the trees; And the boughs on the slopes to the south winds… Continue Reading


Follow market research or the Holy Spirit?

What does a pastor and congregation do when market research contradicts the direction of the Word of God? Obviously, anyone spending time in prayer and ministry of the Word to seek God’s will, will choose to follow God, not market analysis. But what about the contradiction of how the pastor prefers to do things as… Continue Reading


Approval for 21 Muslims to influence state policy

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