If Pilgrims could talk to us today, what do you think they would say?
With all the unrest and division in our country, do you think they would be deeply saddened? Do you think they would be disheartened to see what has happened to the ideals of faith they brought to this country?
Many suffered dangers, setbacks and imprisonment before they even boarded the boat. Many did not survive the voyage or the first winter’s cold and hardships. But for the ones who did survive, it was a priority to sit down to give thanks to God for their newfound freedom as they feasted on the abundance of their new home – venison, cod and corn.
What do you think pilgrims would tell you if they sat at your Thanksgiving table? (click to tweet)
Perhaps one thing they would tell us about is a little-known historical monument that sits on an 11-acre hilltop in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This monument memorializes our forefathers’ ideals. Completed in 1888, it took 38 years to erect, and it contains a sort of blueprint for those ideals, the only ideals that have ever been successful.
But many Plymouth residents, like many of us, are unaware of its existence or take it for granted. I lived in Massachusetts for the first half of my life and never knew it existed, until 2012 when Kirk Cameron made a documentary about it titled, Monumental.
Formerly known as the Plymouth Monument, it is now called the National Monument to the Forefathers. This 81-foot tall solid granite tribute is the largest granite monument in the world.
An inscribed dedication reads, “National Monument to the Forefathers. Erected by a grateful people in remembrance of their labors, sacrifices and sufferings for the cause of civil and religious liberty.” (emphasis mine)
today shall be on your heart.
If we ever forget what made this country so prosperous, we can look at this monument’s symbols and learn how to regain it. The early pilgrims knew liberty is a long-term blessing for doing things God’s way. (click to tweet)
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
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