The Story Behind Thanksgiving

The Story Behind Thanksgiving

"All currencies rely on a fiction, but Chinamasa had accidentally let slip that ours was going to be backed up by a particularly weak one. After all, how do you counterfeit a counterfeit?" [source]

Today is Thanksgiving for all of our friends in the US of A. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. This is a holiday that no matter where you are in the world, you can take a minute to ponder things that you’re thankful for.

If you live in the USA, you should be thankful for a republic system that passes on power peacefully from disagreeing parties. That’s a true blessing.

"The first time in the history of the world that a group in power had relinquished power without violence or threat of violence" was 12 years after the US Constitution was formed. It happened when John Adams passed over the presidency to Thomas Jefferson. They passed along power "simply because the people said that’s what they wanted." It was called the Revolution of 1800. [source]

The republic of the USA is something to be thankful for, no matter where you stand on the political line.


The story of how Thanksgiving started is a miraculous one. William Bradford was the governor of the pilgrim settlement that came to America in 1620. This recounting is taken directly from his diary.

In the summer of 1623, the corn crop that the Pilgrims had so carefully planned was threatened:

"By a great drought which continued from the third week in May, till about the middle of July, without any rain and with great heat for the most part, insomuch as the corn began to wither away…It began to languish sore, and some of the drier grounds were parched like withered hay…Upon which they set apart a solemn day of humiliation to seek the Lord by humble and fervent prayer…And He was pleased to give them a gracious and speedy answer, both to their own and the Indians’ admiration [i.e. amazement]…For all the morning, and greatest part of the day, it was clear weather and very hot, and not a cloud or any sign of rain to be seen; yet toward evening it began to overcast, and shortly after to rain with such sweet and gentle showers as gave them cause of rejoicing and blessing God."

Normally, if rain had fallen at all in such conditions, it would have been in the form of a thunderstorm, which would have beaten down the corn and destroyed the last hope of a harvest. But on this occasion, Bradford went on to relate,

"It came without either wind or thunder or any violence, and by degrees in that abundance as that the earth was thoroughly…soaked therewith. Which did so apparently revive and quicken the decayed corn and other fruits, as was wonderful to see, and made the Indians astonished to behold. And afterwards, the Lord sent them such seasonable showers, with interchange of fair warm weather as, through His blessing, caused a fruitful and liberal harvest…For which mercy, in time convenient, they also set apart a day of thanksgiving.”


The quote at the beginning of this post is a sobering one regarding what’s happening in the Zimbabwean economic system. You may need your own Thanksgiving story this year. We hope this post encourages you and causes you to reflect on the things that you can be thankful for in your own life and the hope that we can have in a better future.

Talk to you soon.


(photo via hckyso)