No matter if you are feasting or close to famine, reflecting back on that first Thanksgiving 400 years ago will fill your heart with gratitude. We have a poem for you to help kick start that reflection.
© 2021 Evangeline B. White
As we gather around the table tomorrow,
May we reflect with thanks and not sorrow,
Of those who came to America’s shore,
Filled with hope for what was in store,
They toiled, they cried, they prayed,
For on their hearts the Lord laid,
A promise of worshipping in a new land,
So strong on them was His hand,
They took the arduous journey aboard,
A ship built only to stay close to the shore,
After 66 days at sea, they finally arrived,
Within months only about half would survive,
After suffering severe cold and loss untold,
Miracle after miracle did unfold,
Two English speaking Indians appeared,
Taught them to fish, farm, and told why their land was cleared,
A fast friendship formed and with a peace treaty made,
A bountiful harvest came and to God the Pilgrims praised,
The first Thanksgiving was a communal three-day feast,
That included lobster, turkey, deer, corn, and leeks,
400 years later we still sit and dine,
As we do, let our mouths give praise to the Divine.
May we have the faith of the Pilgrims,
The friendship of the Indians,
And the Godly resolve of being an American.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
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