The pilgrims had left England earlier and moved to Holland for a short time because they were unhappy with the way the Church of England had become. They wanted to be free to worship as they had and left the country in order to do so. The King of England had requested them to return and nothing had changed. They were under such oppression, they were willing to venture off to an unknown land. If they had only known what the trip ahead of them would be like. It is thought that the King wanted them to go to the new world to stake out some land. It's hard to believe things could have been so terrible that they were willing to risk the unknown.
I am sure, after 3 months on the sea, they were beyond grateful to see this new land that greeted them. It wasn't long after they had arrived the harsh winter came and diseases took the lives of most of the people. All that they gone through to get to the new world and then they didn't live to see their dreams fulfilled.
This story touched me as I listened to the lady at the tourist center tell me all of this. I had no idea and to be honest never really thought much about it. But it has changed my perspective of what people are willing to endure for freedom.
The pilgrims landed in the new world in 1620. Here we are 2016, almost 400 years later, still celebrating their victory. I am thankful God has blessed us with this great country! I am grateful for those who had the courage to make the journey and prepare the way for us. I am grateful that to this day we still have the freedom of worship! I am grateful for those who gave their lives to keep our freedom!
Jesus did that for us when he came to earth as a man. He stepped down from Heaven to the depths of the earth. He calmed the wind and seas. He healed the sick. He saved the lost. Then he was willing to go to the cross to bring us out of our distress. Because of his willingness to give his life for us, we will one day be in our desired haven called Heaven and gather at His table for the Wedding Supper of the Lamb and give Him thanks! (Revelation 19:9) Oh what a Thanksgiving day that will be! One that will last for eternity!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and may God Bless America!