For many of us, the meaning of Thanksgiving usually includes feasting, four-day weekends, football games, floats, family reunions, or a forerunner to Christmas festivities. The “first Thanksgiving,” however, was neither a feast nor a holiday, but a simple gathering. Following the Mayflower’s arrival at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620, the Pilgrims suffered the lost of 46 of their original 102 colonists. With the help of 91 Indians, the remaining Pilgrims survived the bitter winter and yielded a bountiful harvest in 1621. In celebration, a traditional English harvest festival, lasting three days brought the Pilgrims and natives to unite in a “thanksgiving” observance.
The true meaning of Thanksgiving begins with acknowledging the many blessings that we take for granted like family, friends, and most importantly our health “. . . In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).
I am truly thankful for my awesome family, and the fact that I am living in divine Health,
and may you as well be blessed abundantly!