*Today's guest post is brought to you by Dr. F. Dean Hackett, also known as my dad.*  



What is the History Behind the American Day of Thanksgiving Pt. 3



After much negotiation the permission was granted from King
James and on August 5, 1620 two boatloads of Pilgrims left the docks of
Southhampton, England, on the Speedwell and a smaller vessel, the Mayflower.
The Speedwell sprang leaks requiring they dock at Dartmouth for repairs. They
again set sail but after only three miles they had to turn back for the
Speedwell had again ran into problems. Later it was discovered the captain of
the Speedwell had purposely sabotaged his vessel.


            After much
discussion, several families chose to stay in England, out fear of the unknown
and the hardships already realized. 102 boarded the Mayflower under the
leadership of Elder Brewster and John Carver. The Atlantic is an awful trip in
the fall months. The seas were rough and life in the Mayflower horribly
disgusting. God provided several miracles in the voyage changing the attitudes of
the sailors toward the Pilgrim from “these psalming pukestockings” to a
respectful honoring of those for whom God would do a miracle. November 9th
land was spotted and the voyage ended in “Cape Cod.” The Cape was named by the local fishermen because they caught that kind of fish. The
Pilgrims fell to their knees and gave thanks for their safe passage across the
ocean.


            Realizing
they were several miles north of their intended destiny, driven so by the
storms, they made two attempts to move southward. However, storms would not
allow. They sent out thirty men to search the surrounding area for possible
harbor and location for establishing their colony. A second search party of ten
was sent out. In these searches, they located several fields of corn and beans
from which they took a great supply. They fully intended to pay the Indians
when they made contact with them. They had seen them on occasion but were
unable to establish contact. Six months later, they made that contact and paid
for the provisions.




After much prayer and counsel, they realized God’s hand was
in their location. They were outside the Virginia Charter and thus not under
English rule. Some tried to breed rebellion, but they had strong and godly
leaders. John Carver was chosen as their first governor and they drafted and
adopted what is known as the Mayflower Compact.


“In the name of God,
Amen.

We whose names
are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our

dread sovereign
lord, King James, by the grace of God, of

Great Britain,
France and Ireland, King, Defender of the

Faith, etc.,
having undertaken for the glory of God, and

advancement of
the Christian faith, and honour of our king

and country, a
voyage to plant the first colony in the northern

parts of
Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually

in the presence
of God, and of one another, covenant and

combine
ourselves into a civil body politic, for our better ordering

and
preservation, and the furtherance of the ends afore-said

and by virtue
hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just

and equal laws,
ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, for

the general use
of the Colony, unto which we promise all due

submission and
obedience. In witness whereof we have here

under-scribed
our names at Cape Cod, 11th of November, in

the year of the
reign of our sovereign lord, King James of

England, France
and Ireland and the eighteenth, and of A.D. 1620.


To be continued...


Dr. F Dean Hackett is the Sr Pastor of Living Faith Church in Hermiston, OR.  He has been in full-time ministry for over 30 years, during which time he has both successfully pastored many churches as well as planted many others. But most importantly, he is my dad and is a frequent guest here on my blog.


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