Thanksgiving is a reflection of the Lord’s miraculous intervention in the history of our country. The roots of our Thanksgiving holiday date back to the Pilgrims and Puritans as they settled in America.
In 1620, the Pilgrims began a 65 day voyage across the Atlantic. Their landing in New England soon brought a severe winter that took the lives of half of their community. The following autumn, after being redeemed by the blessing of a successful harvest, they celebrated with a Thanksgiving gathering.
Two years later, the Pilgrims again faced devastating hardship, this time in the form of a severe drought. In response, they gathered together in an all day prayer service to seek God’s help. It is recorded that at the end of the day the weather broke, and for the next fourteen days “a gentle rain” restored the land and saved their harvest. What the Pilgrims celebrated that summer was considered their first official Thanksgiving holiday.