WE ALL KNOW THE STORY OF PILGRIMS AND THAT FIRST THANKSGIVING, BUT WHAT DO WE KNOW OF THE PILGRIMS AFTER THAT?

AND WAS THERE A SECOND THANKSGIVING? OH YES. IN FACT, THE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PILGRIMS AFTER THAT FIRST THANKSGIVING SHOULD BE IN EVERY CHILD’S HISTORY BOOK BECAUSE THE STORY IS SO POWERFUL AND MIRACULOUS.

TAKE A CAREFUL LISTEN!

AFTER THE PILGRIMS CELEBRATED THAT FIRST THANKSGIVING, THE NEXT WINTER WAS SO TERRIBLE, SO HARSH, IT MADE IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE PILGRIMS TO HUNT OR FISH. THEIR FOOD SUPPLIES WERE QUICKLY DEPLETED AND THE PILGRIMS WERE FORCED, ONCE AGAIN, TO RATION OUT THEIR FOOD.

SO, WHEN THE NEXT SPRING CAME, THEY WERE TIRED AND SICK AND WEAK; HARDLY ABLE TO BEGIN THEIR SPRING PLANTING. BUT THEY KNEW IF THEY DIDN’T HAVE A CROP OF AT LEAST TWICE THE SIZE OF LAST YEAR – THEY WOULD SURELY DIE. TWICE THE PLANTING? DID THEY HAVE THE STRENGTH TO DO IT? ONLY WITH GOD’S HELP.

SO, THEY SET OUT IN THE FIELDS, MEN, WOMEN, CHILDREN, ALL WORKING TO PLANT THEIR CROPS. THE FIRST PLANTING WAS HARD, BUT SUCCESSFUL. BUT AS SOON AS THEY HAD HARVESTED THAT FIRST CROP, THEY HAD TO SET THEIR WEARY BONES TO BEGIN AGAIN WITH THE SECOND PLANTING. IT WAS VERY HARD, BUT IT DID APPEAR THAT THINGS WERE GOING TO WORK OUT.

AND THEN IT CAME – A DRY SPELL, THAT LINGERED ON AND ON. THEN, IT TURNED TO A DROUGHT – A DROUGHT SO HARSH THAT EVEN THE OLDEST NATIVES COULD NOT REMEMBER ANYTHING LIKE IT BEFORE.

WEEK FOLLOWED WEEK AS THE BLAZING SUN BURNED DOWN ON THE CROPS. ONE OF THE PILGRIMS, EDWARD WINSLOW, DESCRIBED IT THIS WAY:

“THERE SCARCE FELL ANY RAIN, SO THAT THE CORN STALKS BEGAN TO

SEND FORTH THE EARS BEFORE THEY WERE HALF GROWN, WITH BOTH

BLADE AND STALK HANGING THEIR HEAD AND CHANGING THE COLOR

TO APPEAR UTTERLY DEAD. EVEN OUR BEANS PARCHED AWAY,

AS THOUGH THEY HAD BEEN SCORCHED BEFORE A FIRE”.

SO, JUST WHAT WERE THE PILGRIMS TO DO? THEIR CROPS WERE DYING AND THEY COULD DO NOTHING IN THEMSELVES TO STOP THE DROUGHT. AND IF THIS CROP COULD NOT BE HARVESTED, THERE WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH FOOD FOR THE WINTER.

WELL, MOST PEOPLE WOULD MOAN AND COMPLAIN AND MAYBE EVEN BLAME GOD – BUT NOT THE PILGRIMS. THEY DID SOMETHING QUITE AMAZING.  ACCOUNTS TELL US THAT THEY BEGAN TO EXAMINE THEIR OWN HEARTS BEFORE THE LORD. THEN THEY MADE A PROCLAMATION THAT NO ONE WAS TO WORK, BUT EVERYONE WAS TO FAST AND PRAY FOR GOD’S DIVINE INTERVENTION.

THE DROUGHT WENT ON FOR TWELVE FULL WEEKS.  JUST WHAT WOULD HAPPEN?

WINSLOW’S PERSONAL ACCOUNT CONTINUES:

“IN THE MORNING WHEN WE ASSEMBLED TOGETHER, THE HEAVENS

WERE CLEAR AND THE DROUGHT WAS LIKELY TO CONTINUE”.

THEN WE’RE TOLD THAT AS A GROUP THEY MET AND PRAYED FOR SOME NINE HOURS – THEN IT HAPPENED.

HE SAYS:

“BEFORE OUR DEPARTURE, THE WEATHER BECAME OVERCAST, THE CLOUDS GATHERING ON ALL SIDES. ON THE NEXT MORNING, A SOFT, SWEET AND MODERATE SHOWER BEGAN TO FALL. IT CAME WITHOUT EITHER WIND OR THUNDER, OR ANY VIOLENCE, AND BY DEGREES IN SUCH AN ABUNDANCE THAT THE EARTH WAS THOROUGHLY WET AND SOAKED THEREWITH, WHICH DID SO APPARENTLY REVIVE AND QUICKEN THE DECAYED CORN AND OTHER FRUITS, IT MADE EVEN THE NATIVES ASTONISHED TO BEHOLD”.

 IT RAINED FOR FOURTEEN DAYS.

THE CROP YIELD THAT YEAR WAS IN SUCH ABUNDANCE THAT THE PILGRIMS HAD EVEN AN EXCESS TO TRADE TO THE NATIVES.

GOD HAD DONE IT – HE SAVED THEM!

THEY HAD SURVIVED THEIR LAST HARD WINTER. THEIR HARSH CIRCUMSTANCES HAD ALMOST KILLED THEM AND CERTAINLY DID ITS BEST TO DISCOURAGE THEM. BUT THEY WOULD NOT BE DEFEATED.

INSTEAD, THESE PILGRIMS HAD PLACED THEIR FAITH, THEIR TRUST, AND THEIR VERY LIVES IN THE HANDS OF ALMIGHTY GOD – AND HE HAD DELIVERED THEM.

AND THAT SECOND THANKSGIVING WAS EVEN MORE FESTIVE AND JOYOUS THAN THE FIRST. THERE WAS AN ABUNDANCE OF FOOD FOR ALL.

BUT, WHEN THEIR FIRST COURSE WAS SERVED, THEY EACH HAD PLACED BEFORE THEM AN EMPTY PLATE, WITH JUST FIVE KERNALS OF CORN, LEST ANYONE SHOULD FORGET.

THAT DAY, WILLIAM BRADFORD CLOSED OUT HIS THOUGHT WITH THESE WORDS:

“AS ONE SMALL CANDLE MAY LIGHT A THOUSAND, SO THE LIGHT KINDLED

HERE HAS SHOWN UNTO MANY…WE HAVE NOTED THESE THINGS SO THAT

YOU MIGHT SEE THEIR WORTH AND NOT LOSE WHAT YOUR FATHERS

HAVE OBTAINED WITH SO MUCH HARDSHIP.”

Until next time – Don’t forget to pray for our America!

About Jerry Stewart

I am a story teller. Since 1998, I have been telling the true stories of our nation and those Americans gone before us.  To say the least, these stories have been well received by Americans, both young and old.  So, here’s where the stories have taken me.  In 1998, I was broadcasting my stories on just one radio station in Washington State.  Today, from Texas 15 years later, these programs are now broadcast through a syndicated radio network to over 400 radio stations all across America, with literally millions of listeners.

Share it with your friends!

“The Most Famous Tea Party in History”

    We’ve all heard of the Boston Tea Party, but few really know just what happened. The year was 1763 and Great Britain had just ended a war known as the “Seven Years War”, and this war had driven the British government so deep into debt that a series of tax laws were passed to help pay that debt – and these laws made their way to America.

Now, the way the colonists saw it was that they had no say or representation in their national government, and, therefore, Parliament had no right to tax them. This is where the saying came from, “no taxation without representation”.

Well, in 1766, Parliament passed what is called the “Declaratory Act”. This act gave the British government the authority to legislate the laws and rules for the American colonies, and in all cases the government had the final authority.

So, colonist groups began to organize at the grassroots level and they formed patriotic clubs and organizations known as the “Sons of Liberty”. They would use these club meetings to talk through their unfair circumstances and they began to send delegates and representatives to the British leaders to try and convince them that what they were doing was not for the good of the people. But the British government had their own ideas as to what was best for the people, so most of the time they would not even listen.

Starting to sound a little too familiar?


    So as the different Liberty groups in each city began to form and grow, they found themselves linking up with other city groups causing them to become bolder in their speaking out. In the City of Boston there was a famous elm tree where the Sons of Liberty would meet. This tree came to be known as the “Liberty Tree” and it became a rallying point for the growing colonist resistance against the British rule. Soon each city and community began to pick their own liberty tree as a meeting spot as a symbol of their individual liberty. As these liberty groups began to me in large numbers and the attendance began to grow, in their attempt to stop these meetings, the British government ordered that holding any meetings not authorized by the government was against the law. So, the Sons of Liberty members began to meet in secret.

Well, the struggle continued between the colonists and the British government with more and more laws being enacted. What seemed to be the final straw was that in 1773, a new act, the “Tea Act” was passed, placing a heavy tax on all tea transported to the colonies. Shortly after the Tea Act was passed, a number of ships entered Boston Harbor carrying on board hundreds of thousands of pounds of tea. When the local liberty group heard of the ship’s arrival, they sent a message to the ship’s captain not to unload the tea because they would not pay that tax. But the local British authorities would not budge, so there sat the three ships in Boston Harbor.

Now no one knows for sure who really planned that “tea party” or who the real leaders were, but one night somewhere between 30 and 130 Men thinly disguised as Indians boarded the three ships and, over the course of three hours, dumped all the tea into the harbor – this dumping of that tea became known as the “Boston Tea Party”. Interestingly enough, later that Tea Act was actually repealed, but the damage had already been done, and the people had determined that their government would not listen to them – and they began to move for independence.

So, here’s my question for you, “Are the events in our lives which make us wake up and act – are they good or bad?” It was patriot, Edmund Burke, who said, “He who wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skills; our antagonist is our helper”.

But this one thing we do know – if the British government had not pushed the colonists too far, well, today, we might still be speaking with a British accent.

And one last thought, “What should “We The People” be doing today if we feel we are not being heard?

And are mere protests enough? You tell me.

Exclusive Content

Be Part of Our Exclusive Community

STORE

merch

Exclusive Content

Be Part of Our Exclusive Community

Get access to exclusive member content.

Store

merch

Purchase Jerry’s Cd’s, books and lesson plans.