Giving thanks is a natural overflow of a heart that recognizes every good thing as a gift from a gracious Creator. On Pilgrim and Indian Day, Harvest students took time to recognize and celebrate an American tradition that began in 1621 when the Pilgrims and Wampanoag people joined together to give thanks for the bountiful harvest. Although a spirit of thanksgiving was commonplace among the first settlers, early leaders, from the Pilgrims to George Washington, and later Abraham Lincoln, believed it was critical to set aside time as a nation to offer praise and thanksgiving to the Lord.
Here at Harvest, we embrace this tradition as students dressed in traditional Pilgrim and Indian costumes, and enjoyed a special chapel and various classroom activities which highlighted the
importance of giving thanks. The day’s festivities culminated with a delicious, traditional Thanksgiving feast, prepared by our Seniors. As we enjoy the fellowship and fun of Pilgrim and Indian Day and this week of Thanksgiving, we join with the Psalmist who reminded us to “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name” (Psalm 100:4).