The winter of 1620-21 at the Plymouth Colony was cold and tragic for the Pilgrims; nearly half of their number died through sickness and accidents. One wonders how they could rise above such losses and by fall be so grateful that they celebrated God’s goodness to them by giving thanks.
While the spring and summer of 1621 were pleasant and a welcome contrast to what they had just come through, the wounds of that first winter must have been hard to overcome. The good harvest and the help of Squanto, Chief Massasoit and their tribe in providing food, as well as teaching them how to survive in this harsh new place so far from home, were causes to be thankful, but the reasons for their amazing attitude of gratitude must have run deeper than those blessings.
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