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THE “FIRST THANKSGIVING” WE’VE FORGOTTEN

November 26, 2015

I recently stumbled upon Robert McKenzie’s blog and have really been enjoying it. He is a professor and chair of the Department of History at Wheaton College. I hope you will enjoy his perspective as much as I have.

Faith and History

Tomorrow families all across America will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, and some, at least, will link what they are doing to the Pilgrims’ celebration on the coast of Massachusetts in 1621. Although frequently embellished and sometimes caricatured, the story of the Pilgrims’ “First Thanksgiving” is rich with insight and inspiration. The Pilgrims were human, which means that they bore the imprint of the Fall with all its attendant sinful consequences: they were ethnocentric, sometimes judgmental and intolerant, prone to bickering, and tempted by mammon. They were also people of remarkable faith and fortitude—common folk of average abilities and below-average means who risked everything in the interest of their families and their community of faith.

The Pilgrims’ trial began with their voyage on the Mayflower, a 65-day-long ordeal in which 102 men, women, and children crossed the stormy Atlantic in a space the size of a city bus. Following that…

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6 comments

  1. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.


    • I had a great thanksgiving. You can’t go too wrong with food and football. How about you?


      • It was good! I was actually at a church retreat and was extremely blessed with my time with family


  2. Excellent stuff to think about.


  3. Great history lesson. Giving thanks in all situations is what motivated the pilgrims. We can learn much from them and their faith in God’s or essence in their lives. Happy Thanksgiving to you.


    • I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving.



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