This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

How the Puritans honored days of thanksgiving

Of course you know that the Puritans didn't feast on the days when they gave thanks to God, they fasted. And they gave thanks to God often, and not with mere "lip service" while driving to the golf course, with the occasional looking up to heaven and saying "Thank you for the fine day, God!" One day every week was set aside as a special day of giving honor to God. And while we see Sunday as a "day of rest" - and sort of a "vacation day" from work, that isn't how the Puritans saw it.

It's hard for us to imagine in these modern times, but for the Puritans, working was a selfish thing. Whether out in the fields, or caring for livestock, they were working for themselves. For their own comfort, to feed themselves, to care for their families. On the seventh day, this selfish behavior would stop, and that day would be devoted to giving thanks to God.

Today, we think of Sunday as sort of a "me time" thing, a day of rest. And that is because we don't think of going to so our jobs as a selfish thing. But it is. Going to work, earning money, washing clothes, even doing errands, does not serve God, it serves you. Sunday was a day of prayer, a day devoted to God, not an excuse to sit on the couch watching football on TV.

If you would like to give thanks to God the way that my family, the Puritans did, please do so. But it takes more than sitting on the couch.
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