In 1620, “Pilgrims” traveling on the sailing ship, Mayflower, from England arrived in America and established the Plimouth or Plymouth Colony. Later on, these Pilgrims are credited with America’s first Thanksgiving Day.
On this day, as we celebrate another Thanksgiving Day in commemoration of that day; I thought it was appropriate to “give thanks” for one of the Pilgrims’ first acts. Their forethought in settling a dispute onboard the Mayflower regarding the proposed settlement led to the Mayflower Compact.
The Compact was a democracy in theory and in action.
“Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together into a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.”
I’d like to think that we, as Americans, are still striving to act “for the general good of the Colony.” For that I am Thankful.
On this day, when we give thanks for our blessings and bounty; let us all remember to act for the good of our fellow brothers and sisters.
And no matter the quantity of our blessings, be they meek or mighty, let us remember that others may have less.
Also, as we proclaim our thanksgiving for the massive amounts of food we ate today; the football game we watched; the money set aside for Christmas shopping tomorrow; our homes and apartments and all of our material things–let’s remember the simple things that we should be grateful for each and everyday–our friends, our family, and our love for one another.