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The Story of Thanksgiving and the lesson of Humility


After enduring religious persecution in their native England and for twelve years in Holland, the pilgrims sailed for America. They were modest men and women with a great hope and inward zeal. They rested in the providence of God that He was leading them to a land of religious freedom to advance the gospel of the kingdom of Christ.

The voyage of the Mayflower took twice as long as Christopher Columbus’ voyage, enduring several wintry storms. After arriving in their new land, they faced disease, famine, bitter cold and many dangers. However, when the Mayflower made its return voyage, none of the pilgrims returned with it.

Their first harvest occurred in the autumn of 1621. Their own seed had barely grown, but the Indians had shown them how to plant corn which yielded a huge harvest. On the first Thanksgiving, they celebrated God’s goodness to them with a party of ninety Indians. Their Thanksgiving feast lasted three days and included a festival of sports.

Thanksgiving Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln

“Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may be then, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe. And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid, that on the occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust, and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the great Disposer of events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased Him to assign as a dwelling-place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.”

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving… be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4


Author: Eric

I have been married to my wife Laura since 1995, and live in Austin, Texas with our two children. I have participated in the sport of triathlon and investing for many years.

3 thoughts on “The Story of Thanksgiving and the lesson of Humility

  1. A blessed Thanksgiving to all my family, and dear friends.

    I appreciate my family even if some have difficulties in showing kindness and forgiveness.

    Do not take for granted those that are close to your soul… is short, savor the moment and let your loved ones know that you sincerely care for them. It is not how much money one can spend on them, because that is purchasing their love, but the risk and affection you give them in deeds of caring. Giving them inner strength to stand by them in their hour of need. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have, but that little spark might be just enough to give them the boost to renew their inner strength to take that second, third chance.

    May all of you appreciate your lives filled with opportunity, and dreams that may be fulfilled with education, and courage. With courage comes a little bravery. IF you believe you are not brave, take a deep breath and pretend to be because NO ONE can tell the difference. You will feel great after wards.

    Be thankfull for those that love you sincerely….and these folks that love you, might not even be your family. Practice kindness towards others, it goes a long way. Be forgiving—and that is for sure a choice—-…don’t carry a grudge, life is too short to be having a burden of hatred towards others, especially if the dislike is, especially, towards those that are closest to you…..your family members. Show love and make the choice to be forgiving.

    May all of you have a smile on your face, even if life seems to have more pits in the cherry bowl.

    There are many moments of opportunity…just don’t miss the magic hour of the moment by focusing on what’s to come —- you might miss the boat.

    Enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving, with or without that turkey…….and don’t forget……thanksgiving should be each day of your life, not only once a year in the month of November……but be greatful regardless.

    and as Eric always ends his e-mails….. Make it a great day!

  2. It was written with caring and love.