Thanksgiving Means Much More Than Turkey

Thanksgiving Feast

Did you know that Thanksgiving means so much more than Turkey & Dressing? Yes, it is a time to come together and enjoy a plenteous wonderful meal that has been prepared with lots of love. Yes, it is a time to come to gather together with family, friends and loved ones and give thanks. Yes, you can even remember that Christopher Columbus an Italian Explorer discovered the Indians in America. It has been recorded in history that he actually sailed across the Atlantic in order to find spices in India.

He sailed for King Ferdinand II and Queen Esabella of Spain. He had a fleet of three ships, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria with an approximate crew of 90 from Palos Spain. He landed in a new world of the Americas. Many do not realize that Columbus initially had a twofold mission. He wanted to open trade routes and bring in the Word of Jesus Christ! He was named the “Admiral of the Sea” by the King and Queen. He is known for the man that discovered America. That is partially true? Yes, he too did get sidetracked. However, if the Truth be told he actually discovered the Indians!

As the settlers trickled in the atmosphere began to change. It has been said that a group of religious radicals called “Puritans” were pilgrim settlers that had been driven out of England. In 1614, explorers landed in an area called Massachusetts Bay. They actually eventually settled and built a colony called “Plymouth Plantation.” They were taught by Squanto the Indian how to survive by using corn in a plethora of ways for food. They were taught how to fish and use the herbs of the land. Plymouth was surrounded by the Wampanoag who were a large Nation of Indians. Eventually Squanto negotiated a peace treaty between the Indians and the settlers. They lived peaceable for about fifteen (15) years. It was at the end of the first year that a large feast was given. Squanto, their friends and the Indians were honored. The feast lasted for over three (3) days. It is here originates why we here in America celebrate Thanksgiving. How all too soon all was forgotten.

As word got back to England of the prosperity and peacefulness that they were experiencing in Plymouth, many people came by the boatloads. As there numbers increased the tension increased. There began to be a debate as to who possessed the land? The original agreement was cast aside. Since there were no fences, boundaries, land markers etc. (fences etc. are customs that originated in England.) The incoming settlers declared the land as “public domain” this meant it was their’s for the taking. With absolutely no respect for the current treaty between the Indians and the Puritans the newcomers began to seize and destroy the existing peace that had been established. All for the sake of becoming prosperous. Rather than share in the prosperity that had already been established they sought to destroy it and become prosperous themselves. They exiled the current Puritans and with scriptures in tow they overthrew the existing peace agreement. Then along with the use of British soldiers they captured and made many of the Indians slaves…. The rest is history….

I said this all to shed some light on a story that as a child I was taught that in 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered America? But if in fact you search the chronicles of history you will find that he actually, really discovered the Indians. We in America really celebrate Thanksgiving because of the peace treaty that was made between the Puritans and the Indians. Who collectively managed to come together and celebrate their treaty and new life together. If you are a Christian you should know that spiritually speaking Thanksgiving goes even further back than that! The scriptures are full of passages to tell us how we should work, love, live and be thankful for all that God has given us. He even gave His only Begotten Son that we might have a right to the tree of life. But just like the story of Christopher Columbus what was originally intended all too often gets set aside. The principles of this story has constantly repeated itself throughout history in so many ways. All too often what really happened is set aside and replaced with the partial truth.

God wants us to know the Truth of His Word. Life for the believer or child of God really should go much deeper. But all too often one settles for what is partially true. All too often the original agreement is forgotten and laid aside. This is why it is so very important to know the Lord and His Word for yourself. Ephesians 4 tells us; “not be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine, to the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the Head-Christ from whom the whole body joined and knit together by what every joint supplies,…....” Knowing the Word of God has its spiritual benefits. When truly taken to heart it motivates, grows and spiritually matures you, convicts, and encourages you to do and want to do things His way. Neither do you just settle for the partial truth or believe just any and everything. But you seek, desire to live and study His Word, apply the principles therein and live your life to please Him! To give thanks to Him each and every day!

God’s ways are far better. But all too often they are laid aside. Many are given and accept a partial story. Many are pressured by the need to be accepted by the majority, to suppress the truth, as well as their desire to dominate and control and have things done their way. One must earnestly seek the truth rather than settle for a partial truth or to be misled by how things appear. As God’s children we are encouraged to “seek Him first and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” What things? Whatever things you need to fulfill his plan in your life will be provided. He did not say that this would be easy. Yet, we can and should be thankful for each and every day. You know regardless of what happens that He has everything under His control. That He is a Spirit of Truth! We can be thankful because you know without a doubt that all of His WORD is true! We then can truly celebrate Thanksgiving knowing that His Son Jesus Christ sacrificed His life for us. That we have been redeemed and purchased and belong to Him. That we are saved completely by His grace alone! The TRUTH really does set you free!

When you know that regardless of how things appear God knows! As I said earlier as a child I was taught that Christopher Columbus discovered America. But as I matured, I inquired and studied. I found out that that was only partially true. It was in fact the Indians he discovered. (For additional information read the history about the Wampanoag Indians.) The Truth will always stand the test of time. As God’s ever growing child I know that God has so much more for us in store. He does not want us to settle for less than the Truth. He wants us to study His Word and rightly apply the principles therein. He has promised to bring what has happened in the dark out to the Light. Jesus Christ is the Light of the world. His Word will be a “lamp unto your feet and a Light unto your path”. Do not be sidetracked or derailed by what you hear or how things appear. Know the Truth and His Word for yourself! Let it be your desire to want the things in life that the Lord wants you to have. To know what God wants you to know, to commit to His will and way and trust He will lead, guide and protect you. Know that nothing that happens in life gets by Him. This is why He says in the first Psalms Do not walk in the council of ungodly people. Do not stand in the way of sinners. Nor sit in the seat of the scornful. But to delight yourself in the law of the Lord….” As a child of God you can rest assured as said in Romans; that in His time He will work out everything for your good, if you love Him and are called according to His purpose.” Too often what is right is laid aside. Man made institutions waiver. Since we live in an ever changing world your Faith and Trust must be in Him!

God’s Word is true. It is His desire that we grow in the grace and knowledge of His Word. To know Jesus Christ and the power of His Resurrection! That we are to be steadfast unmovable always abounding in His Word. Not only giving thanks when we eat or on Thanksgiving or Sunday. But each and everyday of our lives. We are told in Colossian 4; “Continue earnestly in prayer, being villigant in it with thanksgiving, meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the world, to speak the mystery of Christ, which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak, Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one..” God can and will make a way out of no way!

God truly is the Day Maker. Who else can make a day? True ministry goes beyond the walls! Christ came and His plan of salvation has been offered to all who will believe in their heart and accept Him as Lord of their life. We are to worship and praise the Lord each and every day. We are to live a life of worship. This is why we should live lives of thankfulness. To focus and set our eyes on Him regardless of what happens, has happened or will happen. To give thanks and know that He will give us today our daily bread…… Psalms 107 says; Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so……..” Not only on Thanksgiving but each and every day. Yes it is a good thing to celebrate and give thanks! But know that Thanksgiving really does mean so much more than Turkey & Dressing. We who are the Lord’s must do as Psalms 100 tells us to enter into “His gates with thanksgiving. And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting. And His Truth endures to all generations. To God be the Glory!

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advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing

Thank you for this beautiful and inspiring hub!

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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thanks lady D, for your very inspiring hub, the things that you said is true. Thanksgiving isn't just about food, it's about being thankful every day of your life. Godspeed. creativeone59

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RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

It was their devotion to God that allowed the Pilgrims to prosper. And, as you highlighted DKO, that's what Thanksgiving is really all about. They recognized that everything we have is a gift of God's grace and should not be taken for granted. Thus, their Thanksgiving tradition was established to honor God and thank Him for His blessings and His grace.

The Pilgrims tradition continues in my home and I hope in every home. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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jesusmyjoy 7 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

this is wonderful sis

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UPStar 7 years ago

This is super. I love thanksgiving, and your thoughtful and historic look at this holiday is great to read!!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Advisor4qb, Thank you! I am so glad that you are inspired! Blessings!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Creativeone, Thank you for sharing. Yes, we really do have a lot to be thankdful for everyday! Blessings!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

RevLady, Devotion to God really is Wonderful! It helps to put everything in its proper perspective! Thanksgiving really is so wonderful and delightful! When we all gather together each person says what they are thankful for! With everything going on about us, I pray everyone's HOPE is renewed and refueled! I HOPE that this will encourage everyone and enhance their day of celebration that much more! HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL! Blessings!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Thank you and Blessings to you sis! Praying for a Wonderfully Blessed Thanksgiving for you and your family!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

UPstar, Wonderful! I hope this helps you enjoy it that much more! Thank you for sharing! Blessings to you and yours!

JimLow 7 years ago


A great Hub!

I love Thanksgiving time when my extended family and I can get together and compare stories of blessing and thankfullness for the many things God has done and will be doing for all of us!

Our All-Sufficient God - El Shaddai!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

JimLow, Thank You! It really is a wonderful time to Celebrate with family and love ones! Having the Lord in your life makes ALL the difference in the world! I Hope you all have a wonderful and HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

Thanks again. We should indeed be grateful to God for everything, no matter what. Good times/bad times.

When we have $50,000 dollars in our Bank Account, Praise is easy - infact our voice would be the loudest in the church when singing. lol ..... but when our account is overdrawn and things are not going well, somehow it seems hard to praise God and I have learnt that in those times if we still Thank God, even if its for the fact that we are still breathing - It is called a SACRIFICE of Praise and God will Honour it.

So many people started 2009 with us and are no more and they didn't know they would go. We aren't better than them. We should Thank God for ourselves, friends and families.

OK, must round up now, I hear a Sermon coming. lol

Happy Thanksgiving - Save some Turkey for me. :)

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Lady E, Wonderful! Just think GOD is the ultimate Father! He has ALL power! He knows and has promised to supply ALL our needs... Using your example of $50,000 in your account. (You can spend some) If there is $0 (you can't spend) You learn discipline either way! He knows as well. You realize, He has the power to change your situation at any moment. Youcontinue to responsibly work... In the meanttime (trial or test) You TRUST HIM,increase your FAITH, acquire PATIENCE and exercise discipline! In His time He will make a WAY to deposit what you need..... That's Faith1 Remember HE is a WAYMAKE!!!

Yes still REJOICE because you Know that ALL HIS promises are true! In His time He will take care of whatever your need is! in the meantime you implement HIS WORD> The Word says; "REJOICE!!! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about ANYTHING, but in EVERYTHING, by PRAYER and PETITION, with THANKSGIVIVG, present your request to GOD.."

The SACRIFICE of PRAISE goes forth. We should not praise GOD for what He does. But for who He is!!! We should always be able to find something to PRAISE and THANK HIM for....Thank you for your wonderful comments. Preach was delightful as always! Keep looking to the Lord I know that He has a wonderful feast ahead for you!!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! In His Love Blessings!

"Quill" 7 years ago

Wonderful reminder of the origin of the holiday that you are about to share. Very well written indeed. It must be a wonderful time around your table as blessings are shared.

Know that we here in Canada will be sharing from a distance in prayer that Gods hand be upon all of you.

The Bible institute that I work at has several students from the US and we are hosting a special Thanksgiving dinner especially for them.

Be Blessed Friend

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Quill, I must say Thanksgiving truly is a Blessed occassion! In spite of everything that is going on about us; God is good and we have so much to be thankful for!

How thoughtful and wonderful of you to host a special Thanksgiving dinner for the students. I am sure it will mean so much to them being away from home and all.

Thank you for sharing and visiting, Blessings as well Friend! I pray you ALL have an Enjoyable, Wonderfully Blessed Thanksgiving!

L Boog 7 years ago

Historically speaking, this is not only a sugarcoated, feel good bedtime story, but also not accurate by any stretch of the word.

Contrary to belief , Christopher Columbus was NOT the 1st to "discover" North America. How can you discover something that is already inhabited? Not to mention,(aside being late behind Western African explorers as well as the Vikings)he did not come with the intentions of peace and prosperity in mind neither.

Check out what he said in his logs: (like Star Trek: Captain's Log)

“They… brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned…. They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane…. They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”

Let me digress, after all, this was when he conquered, I'm sorry "Discovered" the Bahamas in 1492. He couldn't possibly have the same intentions in mind when he "Discovered" North America...could he?

Columbus wrote:

“As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts.” The information that Columbus wanted most was: Where is the gold?

The Indians, Columbus reported, “are so naive and so free with their possessions that no one who has not witnessed them would believe it. When you ask for something they have, they never say no. To the contrary, they offer to share with anyone….” He concluded his report by asking for a little help from their Majesties, and in return he would bring them from his next voyage “as much gold as they need . . . and as many slaves as they ask.” He was full of religious talk: “Thus the eternal God, our Lord, gives victory to those who follow His way over apparent impossibilities.”

Because of Columbus’s exaggerated report and promises, his second expedition was given seventeen ships and more than twelve hundred men. The aim was clear: slaves and gold. They went from island to island in the Caribbean, taking Indians as captives. But as word spread of the Europeans’ intent they found more and more empty villages. On Haiti, they found that the sailors left behind at Fort Navidad had been killed in a battle with the Indians, after they had roamed the island in gangs looking for gold, taking women and children as slaves for sex and labor.

Now, from his base on Haiti, Columbus sent expedition after expedition into the interior. They found no gold fields, but had to fill up the ships returning to Spain with some kind of dividend. In the year 1495, they went on a great slave raid, rounded up fifteen hundred Arawak men, women, and children, put them in pens guarded by Spaniards and dogs, then picked the five hundred best specimens to load onto ships. Of those five hundred, two hundred died en route. The rest arrived alive in Spain and were put up for sale by the archdeacon of the town, who reported that, although the slaves were “naked as the day they were born,” they showed “no more embarrassment than animals.” Columbus later wrote: “Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold.”

But too many of the slaves died in captivity. And so Columbus, desperate to pay back dividends to those who had invested, had to make good his promise to fill the ships with gold. In the province of Cicao on Haiti, where he and his men imagined huge gold fields to exist, they ordered all persons fourteen years or older to collect a certain quantity of gold every three months. When they brought it, they were given copper tokens to hang around their necks. Indians found without a copper token had their hands cut off and bled to death.

The Indians had been given an impossible task. The only gold around was bits of dust garnered from the streams. So they fled, were hunted down with dogs, and were killed.

Trying to put together an army of resistance, the Arawaks faced Spaniards who had armor, muskets, swords, horses. When the Spaniards took prisoners they hanged them or burned them to death. Among the Arawaks, mass suicides began, with cassava poison. Infants were killed to save them from the Spaniards. In two years, through murder, mutilation, or suicide, half of the 250,000 Indians on Haiti were dead.

When it became clear that there was no gold left, the Indians were taken as slave labor on huge estates, known later as encomiendas. They were worked at a ferocious pace, and died by the thousands. By the year 1515, there were perhaps fifty thousand Indians left. By 1550, there were five hundred. A report of the year 1650 shows none of the original Arawaks or their descendants left on the island.

The chief source-and, on many matters the only source of information about what happened on the islands after Columbus came is Bartolome de las Casas, who, as a young priest, participated in the conquest of Cuba. For a time he owned a plantation on which Indian slaves worked, but he gave that up and became a vehement critic of Spanish cruelty. In Book Two of his History of the Indies, Las Casas (who at first urged replacing Indians by black slaves, thinking they were stronger and would survive, but later relented when he saw the effects on blacks) tells about the treatment of the Indians by the Spaniards. It is a unique account and deserves to be quoted at length:

“Endless testimonies . . . prove the mild and pacific temperament of the natives…. But our work was to exasperate, ravage, kill, mangle and destroy; small wonder, then, if they tried to kill one of us now and then…. The admiral, it is true, was blind as those who came after him, and he was so anxious to please the King that he committed irreparable crimes against the Indians…”

Las Casas tells how the Spaniards “grew more conceited every day” and after a while refused to walk any distance. They “rode the backs of Indians if they were in a hurry” or were carried on hammocks by Indians running in relays. “In this case they also had Indians carry large leaves to shade them from the sun and others to fan them with goose wings.”

Total control led to total cruelty. The Spaniards “thought nothing of knifing Indians by tens and twenties and of cutting slices off them to test the sharpness of their blades.” Las Casas tells how “two of these so-called Christians met two Indian boys one day, each carrying a parrot; they took the parrots and for fun beheaded the boys.”

The Indians’ attempts to defend themselves failed. And when they ran off into the hills they were found and killed. So, Las Casas reports. “they suffered and died in the mines and other labors in desperate silence, knowing not a soul in the world to whom they could tun for help.” He describes their work in the mines:

“… mountains are stripped from top to bottom and bottom to top a thousand times; they dig, split rocks, move stones, and carry dirt on their backs to wash it in the rivers, while those who wash gold stay in the water all the time with their backs bent so constantly it breaks them; and when water invades the mines, the most arduous task of all is to dry the mines by scooping up pansful of water and throwing it up outside….

After each six or eight months’ work in the mines, which was the time required of each crew to dig enough gold for melting, up to a third of the men died. While the men were sent many miles away to the mines, the wives remained to work the soil, forced into the excruciating job of digging and making thousands of hills for cassava plants.

Thus husbands and wives were together only once every eight or ten months and when they met they were so exhausted and depressed on both sides . . . they ceased to procreate. As for the newly born, they died early because their mothers, overworked and famished, had no milk to nurse them, and for this reason, while I was in Cuba, 7000 children

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

L Boog, Thank you for sharing your comments, Blessings!

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Leop 7 years ago

Thanks DeBorrah for writing about this. Yes, I totally agree with you that thanksgiving is more about giving thanks, asking for continuos blessing from God and also sharing with family and friends. God bless.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Leop, You are quite welcome! Thank you for taking the time to visit and share your comments! Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! Blessings!

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Great hub! We often get caught up in all the hype and forget the true meaning of holidays.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Habee, Thank You! You are so right! Thank you for stopping by and sharing, in His love & Blessings!

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Purple Perl 6 years ago from Bangalore,India

I thank God for you and your ministry. Your writings inspire many and this hub teaches true meaning of Thanksgiving.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Purple Perl, I am so glad that you are inspired! I am humbled and most thankful for your kind words! Thank you for visiting it is always wonderful to hear from you! With the Lord we can ALWAYS find something to be Thankful for! In His Love & Blessings!

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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

This Thanksgiving hub is very nice, and educational too. You are so right that it is a wonderful day to enjoy the blessings of God. Thank God for the food we eat on our tables, and thank God for wonderful angels like you for sharing your knowledge of the Word. God Bless You, and your wonderful sweet , and darling family always dear heart.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Stars, THANK YOU! You are so welcome! Although GOD is GREAT all year around this really is a special time of the year when everyone usually takes the time to be thankful! The history of Thanksgiving is very interesting...

I PRAY that you Joann & Becky along with others have a Marvelous "Thanksgiving!" You are indeed a lovely and special family! GOD BESS YOU ALL!

In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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