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Thanksgiving is attributed. These were the first Christian families to settle on the east coast of America.

Contrary to modern-day teaching, the main purpose the Pilgrims came to America was not religious freedom. They had already gained religious freedom 12 years earlier in 1608, when they fled England for Holland to escape the extreme persecution from a tyrannical King James I.

They wrote their reason for settling in America in the Mayflower Compact: “…for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith…”   The Compact was the basis of representative government in America and is called the foundation stone of American liberty.

The Pilgrims came to America to set up an entire nation for the purpose of glorifying God and advancing the Christian faith. This statement united government with a responsibility to God and left a plan for future generations to follow that has brought about more liberty, prosperity, and joy to our nation than any other political philosophy in any other country in the history of the world! That is something to be thankful for.

The first national Thanksgiving occurred in 1789 when immediately after approving the Bill of Rights, a resolution by Congress was delivered to President George Washington who heartily concurred by declaring:

"Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor. ... Now, therefore, I do appoint Thursday, the 26th day of November 1789 ... that we may all unite to render unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection."

For years, America has delivered from countless perils, received many victories and blessings, prospered beyond any country, and soon everyone envied the “American Dream” that God had given to persevering Americans.

Like our founding fathers, and early colonists, let us give thanks to the God for America’s incredible founding and pray that our government would never relinquish its God-given duty to preserve our rights.   

Thanksgiving always was and shall forever be about thanking God for our blessings.

Ken Blinco, 

Portland

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