Letter: The providence of God Almighty

 

Do you know how Almighty God worked on behalf of the Pilgrims when they arrived in America? It’s a big “Wow!”

In searching the land, they found an abandoned cache of buried corn. They found rich, fertile soil, 20 acres of cleared land, and four spring-fed creeks nearby; it was the sweetest water they’d ever tasted.

After a tough winter, Samoset showed up and said in perfect English, “Welcome.” He told them about the Patuxets, a brutal tribe that, four years prior to the Pilgrim’s arrival, had been wiped out by a mysterious plague and no other tribe dared move into their territory. Squanto, a Patuxet, in 1605 had been captured and taken to England, where he learned English.  He returned to America in 1619, six months before the arrival of the Pilgrims. He was devastated when he learned the terrible news that his whole tribe, the Patuxets, had been wiped out. When he met the Pilgrims, he found a purpose for living and stayed with them and taught them about farming, fishing, hunting, trading, etc.

Massasoit, probably the only friendly chief on the northeast coast of America, made a peace treaty with the Pilgrims; he was a remarkable example of God’s providential care for the Pilgrims.

The Pilgrims had a productive summer and come fall Gov. Bradford declared a day of public Thanksgiving to be held in October. Massasoit and 90 Native Americans came to celebrate with them. That first Pilgrim Thanksgiving began with William Brewster’s prayer thanking God for “providing all their needs even when their faith had not been up to believing that he would do so.” They had such a good time, the celebration was extended three days!

This information was gleaned from “The Light and the Glory” by Peter Marshall and David Manuel.

Eveylyn King

Princeton