Centuries ago, strengthened by faith and bound by a common desire for liberty a small band of pilgrims sought out a place in the New World where they could worship according to their own beliefs. These brave men and women risked their lives in order to seek the freedoms that we all enjoy today.
After their first harvest in 1621, a celebration was held out of gratefulness for a bountiful harvest. The New World settlers and local Native Americans joined together for a three-day celebration featuring feasting, singing and dancing. This day came without parades, football games or anticipation of saving a few bucks on “Black Friday.” It was simply a time to give thanks for the many blessings that had been bestowed on them. While I doubt any of us will be spending Thanksgiving Day on a plantation in Plymouth and most of us will buy our turkey from the grocery store, Thanksgiving is still rooted in the same foundations that it was centuries ago. It is a time for us to gather together with friends and family and give thanks for our many blessings. In the modern, global, 24/7 digital world, the spirit of Thanksgiving might be more important than ever.
It is a moment to take the weight of the world off our shoulders, connect with our loved ones and celebrate the most cherished thing we have: one another.
In the bustle of the holiday, I hope we will all take time to warmly express our gratitude to our family and friends for their love and friendship throughout the year and to give thanks for the blessing of living in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
May God bless you and fill your hearts and homes with love.