Thursday, November 24, 2005
God has blessed me a very nice Thanksgiving day, and semi-beautiful atmosphere to celebrate it in!
The first Thanksgiving was probably not what we think it was.
The Thanksgiving we now celebrate--a feast of togetherness between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans--was not the original gathering.
It is true that Squanto and his fellow Native Americans helped the Pilgrims to grow crops and get sap from trees and survive the harsh winters of what would become New England. But the very first harvest feast that these two peoples enjoyed was not called Thanksgiving.
Rather it was a celebration of the fall harvest, when vegetables were pulled from the ground and off stalks and made ready for a big meal.
Pilgrims and Native Americans dined together at the same tables, yes, and they played games together and demonstrated their bow-and-arrow and musket-shooting skills to each other. But they didn't call it Thanksgiving until 1624.
That year, William Bradford, the governor of the Plymouth Colony, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving that was really a day of fasting and prayer. (Remember, fasting is when you don't eat. So, Thanksgiving started out as a day of not eating.) And the day the members of the Plymouth Colony celebrated this day of fasting and prayer in thanksgiving was November 29.
So we have two ideas coming together: a day of thanksgiving for the fall harvest, on which people fasted and prayed, and a great feast to celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest. Since both activities celebrated the same thing--the fall harvest--it's only natural that they eventually merged (like so many other American holidays).
This merged celebration continued informally through the years, until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday of November a national holiday called Thanksgiving.
How did we decide on eating Turkey? Well, that's another story.
I quoted this paragraph off another site, so it's not mine.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Ooooh, it seems like it's going to take forever to graduate from high school, and after the Marshall University Open House tour, it makes me want to graduate even more since I found out my best friend goes there! God has definately answered my prayer and now I won't feel alone anymore!
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Today in church, we had a discussion on multiple topics, and one of those topics ended up in a discussion on if God is logical. I for one don't think so due to everything on earth isn't very logically in tact. The only true logical beings to me are your scientists, big time professors, and people who just want to be logical. One of the topics about logic was love, which I also think is illogical, due to the fact that really, love has no real boundaries unless it is abused in that kind of fashion. In a logical way of thinking (If I were logical) that would be saying that you have to love a certain person and stick with that person. I pretty much find logic to be a sort of lazy way of figuring something out a better way. To me thinking illogically has a more broad approach and makes decisions more simpler to make. I don't know if I could survive this world based on complete logic, sometimes logic is ok, but not my most favorite style of thought.