Turkey day is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for the annual re-posting of my five part story series recounting the tale of the First Thanksgiving on Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts. With a nod to Jamestown and their claim to the REAL first Thanksgiving, the saga of Plimoth Plantation has come to be the story related to the official declaration of Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday in the United States since President Lincoln declared it to be so during the time of the Civil War. More on that in Part 5! But, we begin at the beginning . . .
Greetings all! ‘Tis Thanksgiving Day come upon us in just a week and I’ve much to share with ye in story and song about the goodness of our God. ‘Tis to Him alone we give thanks – for the great things He has done!
“But these things did not dismay them for their desires were set on the ways of God, to enjoy His Providence, and they knew Whom they believed.”William Bradford, GovernorOf Plimoth Plantation 1620-1647
“All great and honorable actions are only accomplished with great difficulties and must be overcome with answerable courages.”Elder William Brewster, Plimoth Plantation
“Thus, being constrained to leave their native soil and country, their lands and livings, and all their friends and familiar acquaintances, it was . . . thought marvelous by many to go into a country they knew not . . . where they must learn a new language and get their livings they knew not how. It was by many thought an adventure almost desperate, a case intolerable, and a misery worse than death. They were not acquainted with the trades and traffic, but these things did not dismay them for their desires were set on the ways of God, to enjoy His Providence, and they knew whom they believed.”William Bradford, Governor,Of Plimoth Plantation 1620-1647
“The Providential Hand of God is the only thing we could be sure of. Though some left in England with sharp beginnings, yet many came on with fresh courage and greatly animated others.”William Bradford, Governor,Of Plimoth Plantation 1620-1647
“After our early trials, and the riches of peace and spiritual comfort that we knew for some time in our Leyden, Holland, the mediocrity of such a life began to overtake us and our desire was before the Lord to ultimately bring us to a place of true destiny where our children might know the fullness of their God in liberty of conscience and life. Together, we agreed, and called a solemn day of humiliation where we sought the Will of God in this. It was by His providential Hand that the great King James who once persecuted us – forcing us to live in Holland as men in exile – has now granted us this patent to sail to America and establish there the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia!”Elder William Brewster, Plimoth Plantion
“Father . . . we know we are Pilgrims and strangers in this land here below. We look not on these things that are seen, but we lift our eyes to Heaven, our dearest country, where you alone have prepared a city for us. Be near our dear friends as we separate one from another. We thank Thee for Thy hand of protection upon us as we put to sea and cross to the New World – where the New Man you have made us to be through your Son Jesus Christ, might bask in truth and liberty . . . Amen.”
Tune in tomorrow for Thanksgiving Part 2: Meanwhile in an Indian Village Across the Sea
Copyright Kathryn Ross, 2011 – taken from my original performance material and primary sources of the writings of William Bradford’s and William Brewster’s personal first hand accounts.
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