My Thanksgiving turned out great. Jerrod and I helped Gramma with the turkey and it came out nicely. My rolls came out really well and it was my first time doing the mashed potatoes. I did them in two batches because they wouldn’t all fit in my mixer bowl, and the second batch was a little creamier than I intended, but they were really good. Papa used to do the potatoes every year, so I’m excited to be able to carry that on.
My dad was sick with a virus and didn’t come over so as to contain his illness. I’m thankful for that(though I missed him being there). It’s awful to get sick while you’re pregnant!
We read Psalm 33. I broke it up into sections and we went around the table with everyone reading some. Gramma requested reading around the table. She also wanted to sing the Doxology("Praise God from whom all blessings flow") as our prayer.
After most people went home I watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving with Jerrod.
Despite being our first Thanksgiving without Papa, it was a really good day. We are descended from two people who came on the Mayflower, and it’s so exciting to think of how far ahead God planned for them. Jerrod and I actually went to Plymouth(where the pilgrims landed) for our honeymoon.
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
I usually don’t do “what I’m thankful for” because I find it a bit cheesy, and what is there to say except what my scripture selection says? However, I wrote up some good ones this year.
- I am thankful for the grace of God and the blood of Jesus. Compared to how thankful I am for these, I am not thankful for anything else.
- My husband, Jerrod. He’s the best husband I could imagine and I can’t imagine having gone through what we have in the past couple years without him. Living with my grandparents, his help when they were sick, the time Papa fell outside and Gramma and I couldn’t help him up – I just don’t know what I would have done if I had been with them alone. And his support when Papa was in the hospital and when he passed away… I just can’t think of the words for how thankful I am.
- I give thanks to God for the new little baby girl we are expecting. I feel like I can already tell some of her personality.
- I am especially thankful this year for something a little unusual – That God caused Jerrod and I to move back in with my grandparents. I did not know then that I would be spending Papa’s last year with him. I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
In 1621 Governor William Bradford declared that the settlement have a thanksgiving feast to give thanks to God for the harvest. Wanting to invite their Indian friends, they sent an invitation to Chief Massasoit.
The pilgrim men hunted and fished in preparation for the feast. In a day they had plenty of game including wild turkeys. When the Indians arrived the pilgrims were surprised to find that ninety braves had come. Fortunately the Indians were used to celebrating the harvest. They hunted and contributed five deer and more seafood to the feast.
Before eating, the pilgrims prayed praising God and thanking Him for his blessings. The feast lasted for three days and included games that the pilgrims and Indians shared together.
In their first year in the new world the Mayflower passengers survived, but now they were thriving. It was not without hardship, Plymouth had lost fifty percent of their people, but Jamestown in Virginia lost ninety percent.
I am thankful for the wisdom and sacrifices made by our ancestors. In his history, Of Plimoth Plantation, William Bradford said “a great hope and inward zeal they had of laying some good foundation (or at least to make some way therunto) for the propagating and advancing the gospel of the kingdom of Christ in those remote parts of the world; Yea, though they should be but even as stepping stones, unto others for the performing of so great a work.”
This year I would like to express an extra thanks for my favorite grandfather through whom I am descended from William Bradford and William Brewster. In the example of his forefathers, he trusted God and took his family to a new place where they began our church and have shown Christ to everyone they meet.
Thanksgiving is not only a part of our American heritage, but our Christian heritage as well. We were being instructed to give thanks long before 1621.
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. On November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving.
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.
I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.