On this day of Thanksgiving, let’s move beyond the turkey-day fanatics who run our schools, and focus on true history. True history that began with the Pilgrims, who landed in New England, facing a strange new land, still “fell upon their knees and blessed the God of heaven who had brought them over this vast and furious ocean.”
These men and women were not religous fanatics–they were men and women who were thankful that they had been preserved by the Almighty in crossing a treacherous ocean. They knew they had many hardships ahead of them. In fact, they weren’t even in the right place. They were supposed to have landed in Jamestown, Virginia, but had landed in Plymouth.
The followed the command of Paul to give “thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Those three days in 1621 will forever be remembered by true historians as a historic day in our nation. It points to the religous roots of our nation. A nation founded on Christian principles and by Christian people who were seeking freedom for all. Yes, even those who were against them. They wanted a place where all men could believe what they wanted.
And they found this in America. May we forever give thanks.