The past is both foundation and prologue to our present—it can also give guidance for our future. But the story of the Pilgrims is not just any past, it is our past as a nation. The hopes, anxieties, courage and faith in God of that company Of plimoth plantation not only describe days long gone, but also provide encouragement, warnings, and wisdom for our own times.
These are links to the most recent posts I’ve written about the Pilgrims. Before 1752 the English used the Julian calendar with the new year beginning on March 25. You’ll notice this if you read William Bradford’s Of plimoth plantation.
Embarkation of the Pilgrims: Embarkation of the Pilgrims by Robert Weir is one of eight massive 12 by 18 feet historic paintings in the United States Capitol Rotunda.
Future Perils, A Faithful God: Mayflower 400: 400 years ago the Mayflower sailed into Cape Cod, bringing the Pilgrims to the New World.
Of plimoth plantation: Thanksgiving Week 2020: This week I’ll be quoting from the words of the Pilgrims to help us picture who they were, what they faced, and how they lived.
The Mayflower Passengers: William Bradford’s 1650 annotated list, including those who died during that first year.
1621: The First Harvest Festival: the bounty of 1621 that followed their tragic first winter.
Corn, Capitalism & Compassion: their abandonment of communal farming in the spring of 1623, and the ensuing success that was had from assigning each man and his family their own land for crops.
Sweete and Gentle Showers: God’s incredible answer to their prayers during the drought in summer 1623, and the first civil appointment of a day of prayer, and a day of thanksgiving.
Grateful Hearts: Gratitude gives us insight into our understanding of life, of other people, of ourselves, and of God. This post is not specifically about the Pilgrims, but was written about how gratitude reveals our understanding of life, of other people, of ourselves, and of God.
Foolish Hearts: Remember our nation in prayer. As never before we are rife with ingratitude and pride.
“Come Wind, Come Weather”: The Pilgrims gave us a foundation of self-government, a beneficial prosperity, and a Christian heritage of beliefs, character and world view. They also left us wisdom and warning for our future.
The Pilgrims endured circumstances that cause us to blench and marvel that they survived. They persevered only by God’s help and grace. We will never be able to do so without Him.
“If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out,Then how can you compete with horses?If you fall down in a land of peace,How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?”Jeremiah 12:5
The monument at the grave of William Bradford has one inscription in Hebrew:
Jehovah is our help
And another in Latin:
What our fathers with so much difficulty secured,
do not basely relinquish
That last inscription is always posted here at the bottom of the front page. May we remember courage, and may we emulate their trust in God.
Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor, William Halsall: PD-US.
Of Plymouth Plantation, An Electronic Edition, William Bradford 1590-1657 (125). Original Source: Bradford’s History of Plymouth Plantation, 1606-1646. Ed. William T. Davis. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1908. Copyright 2003.
Edward Winslow, Good News From New England, in The Story of The Pilgrim Fathers, 1606-1623 A.D.; as told by Themselves, their Friends, and their Enemies, Edward Arber, ed. (Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Boston MA: 1897) 580–581.
For explanation of primary and secondary sources see: http://www.princeton.edu/~refdesk/primary2.html