Every time I write a “thankful thursday” I am reminded of Governor William Bradford’s thanksgiving speech of 1623.
We do a thanksgiving dinner every year. We’ve done it since we came back from America in 2002 after celebrating it with friends in Chicago. It’s a wonderful way of remembering God’s kindness to us over the year.
Each year Dad reads Governor William Bradford’s speech and cries, each year we sit with friends to pray and give thanks, each year we are encouraged to keep firm in our God who provides.
“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 forests 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 ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.” – Governor William Bradford