History of Thanksgiving

Food can never replace fellowship or family, but being 8,000 miles from home, I tried filling my gut with a great traditional Thanksgiving meal. Now it’s time to remember the history of Thanksgiving.

thanksgiving-meal pumpkin-spice-cake

William Bradford was governor of Plymouth Colony in the 17th century, in what is today the eastern bay of Massachusetts. He was a religious separatist from England who led Pilgrims to the New World on the naval vessel Mayflower. He described his time in the New World through his journal, which anyone can download and read, typically titled Of Plymouth Plantation. [Download it here.] We remember his life through his journal and by unique epitaphs inscribed on a memorial later erected over his grave. In Hebrew, it is written, “Yehovah is help of life.” It is interesting to note that the complete vowel sequence for God’s name is written just as it occurs in the Hebrew Scriptures. In Latin, it is written, “What our fathers with so much difficulty attained do not basely relinquish.”

Annually during the week of Thanksgiving, Rush Limbaugh reads a chapter from his book See! I Told You So that lucidly conveys the story that William Bradford recorded in his journal.

Download William Bradford’s journal here.

About Jonathan Lankford

Jonathan has a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Bible with a concentration in missions and intercultural communication. He also earned his Master's in Business Quality Management (MBQPM) and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master's in Education (MEd) focusing on Administration. He has been an educator since 2007, teaching English and humanities in Vietnamese universities. He currently holds the position of Associate Registrar at Tan Tao University, Vietnam.
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