You may be surprised to learn that the Pilgrim feast of 1621 was not directly associated with our national Thanksgiving holiday until the nineteenth century! However, if you read our Thanksgiving History page, you will learn that the “spirit of thanksgiving” that was modeled by our Pilgrim fathers, as well as the humble recognition of God’s provision of all good things, are what ultimately led to our national holiday.
Our prayer this season is that you will recognize God as a gracious provider and heed his words in Deuteronomy:
“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 8:10-14a).
May the resources on this site (history, symbols, songs, stories, recipes, crafts, etc.) encourage you to give thanks, not only for your present blessings, but for the spiritual legacy of gratitude that has been passed down through so many generations in the United States.
May your celebrations be rich and meaningful!
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