Give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 CSB
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Thanksgiving is defined as “the expression of gratitude, especially to God.” New Oxford American Dictionary. Sadly, many in modern day America skip over this holiday of giving thanks. They hop from Halloween to Christmas.
The whole reason America celebrates Thanksgiving is that the Pilgrims celebrated the harvest of 1621 with the Wampanoag native Americans. The Pilgrims left Plymouth, England in search of a land where they could worship God freely without King James I of England penalizing and arresting them for not agreeing with the Church of England. They arrived in Plymouth, Massachusets in late 1620. The first winter was a miserable tragedy. Forty-five of the original 102 settlers died during the winter. By 1621, the survivors were desperate for a change in diet and they searched for an opportunity to give thanks to God. After partnering with the Wampanoag native Americans, the Pilgrims were able to give thanks to in late 1621.