[CF Devotionals] 2011-11-25 - Happy Thanksgiving

For today's devotional, we present the original Thanksgiving proclamation, made by the first governor in the United States, the governor of Massachusetts, who had braved the Atlantic with fellow Pilgrims who were seeking freedom of religion and a better life for their families. May thanksgiving be an everyday event for us all.

Thanksgiving Proclamation

November 29, 1623


Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now, I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November ye 29th of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three, and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor, and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.

William Bradford
Ye Governor of ye Colony

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