Hard Thanksgiving – November 22, 2016
Psalm 118:24, This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
The first Thanksgiving feast took place in November 1621, after an extremely difficult and uncomfortable period for the Pilgrims of the Mayflower. Because the winter was so brutal, most Pilgrims lived on board the ship because they had no shelter on land yet. After witnessing half of their passengers, family and friends die due to exposure and contagious disease, a kind Native American Indian named Squanto took them under his wing and taught them to grow corn, fish in the rivers, tap trees for maple syrup, and how to avoid poisonous plants. After a successful corn harvest, Governor William Bradford organized the first feast and invited his Native American allies.
As we reflect over the year, it may have been prosperous or problematic maybe even both, let’s remember that the context of the first Thanksgiving was one of suffering, which led to gratitude for the very basics of life.
This Thanksgiving, let’s remember Psalm 118:24, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”