Saturday, November 23, 2013

392 Years Ago
Try to set your mind in backwards motion to the year 1621, 392 years ago.  For the American people, 1621 is truly a year to remember and cherish in the great and inspiring history of the United States of America, our native land.  That year the Pilgrims, all 110 of them, celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day on American soil.  What a minute.  Something doesn't seem right. When 47 of the 110 died during the first grueling winter, how could the remaining 63 possibly consider a mind set of hope and harvest the following autumn?

Incredibly, this legacy of the American spirit of hope, plenty, and industry has been handed to us as a precious gift.  Now, with this gift in hand, what are we going to do with it?

H.U. Westermayer said, "The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished; nevertheless, they set aside days of thanksgiving, days of praise and prayer."
Reconciliation and Thanksgiving     Dieter F. Uchdorf

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