A Thanksgiving Story
|Mycah's 2006 Thanksgiving Feast - Class Photo|
(The content of this blog is a repost, but the pictures are from our daughters' Thanksgiving Feasts at their schools, 2006 and 2008.)
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, the time is right to discuss how the group we know as the Puritans came into being. They were among the first to come to this great land, enduring months upon the rocking sea under the blistering sun and howls of the hurricane. They braved the East's harsh winter with its fringed sting of death. They withstood brutal attacks from unfriendly neighbors. They did these things because they had conviction: conviction to worship God freely, and conviction to establish a city upon a hill that would be a lighthouse to the nations. This post will revisit how they came into existence.
To begin, we must first reflect upon the world of the Reformation. Martin Luther, the one who we commonly consider the catalyst of the Protestant Reformation, was born in a world ripe with Renaissance. Luther would hear of the discovery of a "
|Sage's 2008 Thanksgiving Feast - Class Photo|
After Luther, many other reformations occurred. However, the one that was unique, and key to our discussion, was the English Reformation. Henry VIII was a well-educated man and a stanch defender of
|Sage's class' migration, 2008.|
However, because the ecclesiastical structure of the Church of England declared the monarch of the land to be the head of the church, the church often faced serious theological shifts. King Edward VI was a key to Protestant change in the Church of England, but he would only sit on the throne for a few years. After that, Mary I, daughter of Catherine and Henry, emerged from her flight to Catholic Spain to claim the throne. What followed was intense persecution of Protestants that earned her the name of "Bloody Mary."
Dissenters to the Church of England became more prevalent during this time, and some fled to
|The 2006 departure of the "Mayflower" from "England"|
The first act of the Pilgrims, before ever stepping foot onshore, was to enter into the famous Mayflower Compact. This compact was based on the Bible, not the fanciful humanistic ideals already present in that society. The Pilgrims likewise elected a governor – William Bradford. Thus,
The first attempt of success on the part of
The story of the Pilgrims did not end through starvation. Eventually, Puritans following the Pilgrim's example formed a society independently in
|Mycah's 2006 Thanksgiving Feast|
|Sage's 2008 Thanksgiving Feast|
Thare's gud eatin'
Originally a Paper by Shaun Marksbury Presented to Professor Dan Horner, The Masters College, in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements of E311