On November 24, Americans will be celbrating Thanksgiving.On Oct.3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln...proclaiming the fourth Thursday of November each year as a National Day of Thanks, we now as Americans, have Thanksgiving. But let us even go back further into our American History....before there even was a nation...A comminity of God-fearing Puritians , sincere in their desire to set aside one day each year especially to thank the Lord for His many blessings...A day..a holy day, of giving thanks. The day in which they chose was a day after the harvest. A time when the plow and sickles were put to rest.. yet for another season. It was a day of feast, a day to celbrate the new harvest, a day to thank the Lord for all His goodness and regale and impress the Indians in general,as well as Squanto, a friend. Squanto was an example of God's providential care of the Pilgrims. He taught them how to farm in the New World, as well as leading them on trading expeditions.The Pilgrim, Edward Winslow, reports the following eyewitness account of the colony's thanksgiving celebration:" Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men out fowling, that so we might, after a special manner, rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, among us, and among the rest their greastest king, Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted; and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation, and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain,and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty." Thanksgiving was ultimately made to God...William Bradford, governor of Plymouth and the colonies first Historian, continually made reference to "The Lord Who never fails." They cherished a great Hope and an inward Zeal of laying a good foundation. One of making some way towards the propagation and advancment of the Gospel of The Kingdom of Christ...in the remote parts of the world, even though they should be but stepping stones..to others in the performance of so great a work. These early settlers...ancestry to many...including I, brought with them an old Faith...deep rooted in their hearts and souls...rooted in The Name of God, for the Glory of God,and for the advancement of the Christain Faith....and for this...I am grateful,I am thankful...not just for this one day...but everyday,that the Good Lord has given this great country of ours..His Blessings. And so with this..Happy Thanksgiving.    submitted by, Erin Lovett.

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