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In Thanksgiving Daily: November 27

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 27, 2008

You shared the spark,
You fanned the flame,
You fed the fires,
You passed the Names.
For all those known and
For all unnamed,
For all who have walked the Way;
We raise this toast,
With thanks this day.

– Mike Garofalo, Kindreds
Relief Society Magazine, November 1939



  1. Hear! Hear!

    Few things say ‘Thanksgiving’ quite like a blunderbuss.

    Comment by Peter LLC — November 27, 2008 @ 6:52 am

  2. Happy Thanksgiving! This has been a lovely series. Such nice artwork and lovely quotes. We have a favorite long quote from Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford that we read every Thanksgiving before dinner. So in the spirit of pilgrims and Thanksgiving blessings, here it is:

    Being thus arrived in a good harbor and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of heaven, who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof, again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth, their proper element. …

    But here I cannot but stay and make a pause, and stand half amazed at this poor people’s present condition; and so I think will the reader too, when he well considers the same. Being thus passed the vast ocean, and a sea of troubles before in their preparation, …they had now no friends to welcome them, nor inns to entertain or refresh their weather-beaten bodies, no houses or much less towns to repair to, to seek for succor…. And for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of that country know them to be sharp and violent and subject to cruel and fierce storms…If they looked behind them, there was the mighty ocean which they had passed, and was now as a main bar and gulf to separate them from all the civil parts of the world. If it be said they had a ship to succor them, it is true; but what heard they daily from the master and company? … Let it also be considered what weak hopes of supply and succor they left behind them, that might bear up their minds in this sad condition and trials they were under; and they could not but be very small. … What could now sustain them but the spirit of God and his grace?

    May not and ought not the children of these fathers rightly say: “Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness; but they cried unto the Lord, and he heard their voice, and looked on their adversity. Let them therefore praise the Lord, because he is good, and his mercies endure forever. Yea, let them which have been redeemed of the Lord, show how he hath delivered them from the hand of the oppressor. When they wandered in the desert wilderness out of the way, and found no city to dwell in, both hungry, and thirsty, their soul was overwhelmed in them. Let them confess before the Lord his loving kindness, and his wonderful works before the sons of men.”

    Comment by Researcher — November 27, 2008 @ 7:29 am

  3. Really nice quotation, Researcher — the last paragraph is a psalm, I think.

    I don’t know that much about specific Pilgrim beliefs or early American religion, but it sounds from this as though that early colony saw themselves as re-enacting the flight from Egypt to the promised land every bit as much as the Mormon pioneers did. (Maybe everybody else in the world already saw that, but it’s new to me.)

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 27, 2008 @ 8:13 am

  4. Happy Thanksgiving, Ardis.

    Comment by Amira — November 27, 2008 @ 10:01 am

  5. I haven’t commented on each of these posts, Ardis, but I have appreciated them.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Comment by Ray — November 27, 2008 @ 10:12 am

  6. Ardis, I have also really enjoyed the Thanksgiving postings. You did a great job of giving us both pictures and praises. Thanks

    Comment by Maurine — November 27, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

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