Fourteen years after the first English settlers dedicated America to God on the sands of Cape Henry, Virginia (April 29, 1607), the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621. They wanted to express their thankfulness and their appreciation to their Creator. Most Americans, to this day, see this holiday as an expression of their faith; of their gratefulness to God for all of the blessings He has bestowed upon them and upon the United States of America.
The native Americans from the Wampanoag tribe had helped the pilgrims survive when they first arrived on this continent in 1620 and established Plymouth Plantation. The native Americans taught the pilgrims how to fish and to hunt and to plant crops which saved them from starvation, especially during the harsh winters of Massachusetts.
We will soon be celebrating the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving and God has still not withheld His blessings upon this nation. We have a lot to give thanks for, but we also need to pray to our Heavenly Father and ask Him to protect us from those enemies, outside and within, who want to see America destroyed.
Psalms 100:4 tells us that we need to: "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name." Let us try to remember this Thanksgiving, especially as we gather with family and friends among an abundance of riches and blessings which God has given us.
We here at the Christian Coalition of America wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.
President & CEO
Christian Coalition of America
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