“In all things, God works for the good!” – Romans 8:28
Squanto, a Wampanoag Native American from the coastal village of Patuxet, along with 24 fellow villagers, was lured aboard an English ship of Captain Thomas Hunt, a slave trader, ironically, the son of an Anglican Minister, in 1614. Squanto would be liberated and baptized by Roman Catholic Friars in Spain; learn English in Great Britain; and would return to his native soil of Cape Cod as an interpreter and peace negotiator in 1619 on behalf the Newfoundland Company. Sadly his village of Patuxet was abandoned the year before his return due to an outbreak of the European diseases, small pox and tuberculosis among his people.
November 11, 1620, the Mayflower, with its 104 souls of mixed ambitions, seeking both riches and religious freedom, would anchor near Patuxet. Mayflower was their home, as they built storehouses over the site of the former Native American village, but their food supplies ran nil. Captain Myles Standish, leading a search party along a worn, Native American trail, discovered a large cache of corn buried in the sandy soil of a Native American graveyard. The English made off with ten bushels of corn, taking it back to the starving Mayflower party.
Though all survived the 9-week ocean crossing, over half the Mayflower party would die the winter of 1620, only four Mayflower women would survive. Those who survived did so in thanks to the Native American corn they had commandeered. Governor William Bradford of Plimoth Plantation would write in his journal that they daily prayed over their ration of 5 corn kernels. They gave thanks for life; God’s love; the love of others; food and freedom.
March 22, 1621, Samoset, a Wampanoag, brought Squanto to Plimoth, his former village of Patuxet. Can you imagine the reaction of that Mayflower party when he spoke to them in their native English tongue? Squanto would become an intricate member of the Plimoth Colony.
Amazing stuff! Certainly, in all things which come, throughout our lives, God ever works with us toward the good. May we seek to live in harmony with God’s intent. May everyday we take breath, be a day of thanksgiving!
Thank you, Pastor Sanders
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