An Attitude of Gratitude. History of Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims first had Thanksgiving on November 29 th with the Indians in a three-day feast in 1621 the year after landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620.
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In 1620 the Pilgrim settlers formed an agreement between themselves and God in the Mayflower Compact – “Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia…”
The Israelites were punished with 40 years in the wilderness because they continually complained, griped, and whined whereas they were probably about 8-10 days away
Only Joshua (form of name of Jesus) and Caleb reached the Promised Land, and not even Moses reached it although he saw it from Mount Nebo
Only Joshua and Caleb has an attitude of gratitude
The manna stopped coming once they reached the Promised Land but it was given every day in the wilderness miraculously; however the freed slaves from Egypt even wanted to go back to Egypt and griped, moaned, and complained
God punished them for their griping – he hears our griping as well and may put us into our own wilderness at times