The Bible—guide to our pilgrim steps

The Pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving out of gratitude for God's guidance and care. This can be the theme of our Thanksgiving, too.

Thanksgiving in the United States is a day of gratitude. It's a time when families gather in reunion, when proclamations stressing gratitude to God for blessings are made by the President and by state governors, and when many churches hold special Thanksgiving services in gratitude for God's goodness during the year.

The original Thanksgiving, as every American schoolchild learns, was celebrated by the Pilgrims who, after a long and rough ocean crossing from Europe, endured a terrible winter in New England and then, aided by friendly Indians, reaped a desperately needed harvest.

Wake to the Christ and be healed
November 21, 1988

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