Wednesday, November 21, 2007

HAPPY HISTORICAL THANKSGIVING!

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated 383 years ago this Thanksgiving in 1623. One Hundred and Three survived the difficulty journey from England to the new land that we know as America. They were desiring and intending on Virginia as their destination, but strong winds, under the Providence of God, landed them at Cape Cod. Before leaving the ship each pilgrim signed what is known as the Mayflower Compact. A document that describes how the people intend to conduct themselves in this new land. So while you enjoy Thanksgiving, and all that goes with it, take note of the original Thanksgiving. While our culture has made it about Turkey, Football and Family, let us remember the God who ordained this day as well as all other days. But this one is to be celebrated as a Sovereign God led His people to the land of His choosing. A land that would become the leader in supporting His word around the world. Enjoy this and some other historical documents as my gift to you. Happy Thanksgiving!


The Mayflower Compact

1620

"In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, e&.

Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.

In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620

The First Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, issued 1623

Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forest to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all Pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather at the meeting house, on the hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November the 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three, and the third year since Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to the pastor and render thanksgiving to Almighty God for all His blessings.

An Excerpt from The First Proclamation of Thanksgiving as a National Holiday, President George Washington 1789

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will . . . I do recommend . . . Thursday, the twenty-sixth day of November . . . to be devoted by the People of these United States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficient Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. . . . that we may . . . humbly offer our prayers . . . to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national . . . transgressions.

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