This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
Thanksgiving: Is it only once per year?
Tom Weaver 11/24/2021 9:01 AM
Most people celebrate Thanksgiving, I imagine. It may not be on the 4th Thursday of every November, but most people celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is spiritual, it is a period of quiet where we think about our blessings. We compare our lot in life to others and realize that we have much to be thankful for. Indeed, during quiet moments in life, during times of reflection, there is time to thank the Almighty for all our gifts. Yes, Thanksgiving should be a daily event.
But personal reflections do not create a community. No, there needs to be public displays that start a tradition. Traditions form the building blocks of a community.
History is full of traditions, and those traditions form the multitude of cultures which divide man, in addition to mountains, oceans and continents. Yet, for all the cultural differences, there is one tradition which is remarkably the same, regardless of the language, the region or the tribe.
From the beginning of recorded history, there has been a public tradition of given thanks for our blessings. Emperors and kings have decreed days of thanksgiving. Ceremonial sacrifices to the gods were ushered into the tradition of many as it was important to thank the gods. One was never to forget the gods, they controlled the path of humans, they held the knowledge of mankind, they united groups of people into countries.
And then, Jesus Christ came to the earth and taught us the meaning of thanks, as He gave His life that we all would be free from sin and evil, that someday we would gather with heavenly grace with the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
The tradition had changed, mankind now knew from whom their blessings originated. Public days of Thanksgiving were in honor of God, the Creator, the Giver of life. This new tradition united different groups, with different languages, with different cultures, especially in what was to become America.
Such was that first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, in the fall of 1621. Of the 103 that started the 2 MPH journey to find religious freedom and economic opportunities in a new land, a mere 62 or so had survived. The main killer was basic starvation and dysentery. The Pilgrims arrived after the planting season, so they remained onboard a cramped Mayflower through the winter months, sending out a few men daily to forage for food and game.
The native population was scattered and depleted. Some say that smallpox, unknowingly spread by European traders, destroyed entire villages in the three years leading up to 1620. The Pilgrims found numerous burial grounds, with food placed carefully to allow the dead to travel in the afterlife.
Come the spring of 1621, the Pilgrims were able to plant food. Some would report that the Natives showed them how to use fish as fertilizer, but who really knows? What was important however, was that the community give thanks at the end of the harvest for their survival and the bounty on their table.
There was one man who had probably given thanks every day after his adventure on the high seas as a passenger of the Mayflower. An indentured servant named John Howland went topside for some fresh air. Suddenly a wave hit the ship and him, throwing him overboard. He survived, for the Mayflower had some ropes dragging in the water, one of which he grabbed, saving his life. John married Elizabeth Tilley, they had 10 children and 88 grandchildren. It is estimated that John and Elizabeth have over 2-million descendants today. The family tree includes FDR, the Bush presidents, Humphrey Bogart, and many others.
It must be understood that no one really knows what happened that first Thanksgiving other than a few words recorded by William Bradford. That first Thanksgiving was a celebration that some were still alive.
Stories vary as to whether the Pilgrims invited the local Wampanoag tribe to the celebration or if Massasoit and about 90 Natives simply showed up when they heard the gunfire from that first early militia celebrating that festive period. Whatever the truth, there probably was not enough food to feed everyone, as it is recorded that Massasoit sent out hunters who returned with five deer for the feast.
Over the next two years, Bradford changed the colony from a socialist commune, to a productive capitalistic venture, spurred by private property. It was a true economic boom, allowing trading throughout the Bay Colony which drastically lowered the debt owed for the initial venture. But let that go for now.
Thanksgiving was made a National Holiday by Abraham Lincoln during the height of the Civil War. Even with the carnage and destruction, Lincoln recognized that there were many areas of life for which to be thankful. And Lincoln understood the value of prayer.
So, the question to be asked, what about you? What about me? Do we give thanks for all the benefits of being free and alive? Should we limit those thanks to a single day of the year?
This Nation is blessed and indeed as a Nation we should get down on our knees and thank God for the blessings that He bestows upon us daily. Yes, there is turmoil. Yes, there is the wickedness of satanís socialism attempting to transform us, but that is no reason not to say thank you for our freedoms, our ability to speak, our right to pray in the public forum, and so many others.
On this Thanksgiving and on every day, we should pause for a moment to say thank you to the Almighty. We should think about His commandments, His gifts. And indeed, we should marvel that God placed true patriots in these United States, patriots that followed the Law of Nature and the Law of God to form this bastion of freedom.
This Nation is in trouble. Despots driven by the lust of power are stealing our God-given freedoms. Perhaps it is time to celebrate Thanksgiving every day by saying a short prayer of thanks with a request for the strength to stand against the evil that would take our liberties. Together, with the Lordís help, we can defeat this evil that wishes to envelope us and our children.
Tom Weaver, Patriot ©11/24/21
Tom Weaver hails from Fort Worth Texas and hopes to someday return home from his current residence in Massachusetts. Tom graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1974. He was a Surface Warfare Officer qualified as a Chief Nuclear Engineer, serving on the USS Virginia CGN-38 and the USS Texas CGN-39 until resigning his commission. Tom has a MSME from MIT. He has always been an engineer, working on flight engine certifications for GE, a brief stint in robotics and finally a life-long focus on cleaning industrial wastewater using a positive barrier solution. Throughout his childrenís youth, Tom was an active coach and Scout leader. Tom created the Minutecub Muster Program, an historical training class where over 7,000 Cub Scouts learned how to become minutemen. Tom has read over 400 textbooks on government, Natural Law, philosophy, and history. He spends time providing lectures on any topic of Americas founding.
The FBI Has Become the Secret Police
WSJ: 92 Percent of US Adults Have COVID Antibodies From Vaccines or Prior Infection
Are You Ready for Supreme Court Associate Justice Kamala Harris?
Congresswoman Boebert Was On Point
WHO Skips Next Greek Letter 'Xi' to Name New COVID Variant