We Gather Together
This morning - a bitterly cold morning, I might add - students, parents, teachers and staff from Caldwell Academy gathered together at a beautiful farm just north of Greensboro for the school's annual Thanksgiving in the Meadow celebration. The children, and some of the adults, dress in Pilgrim and Indian attire. There's hot chocolate, baked goods and Brunswick stew. During a time of worship, we all reflect on what we are thankful for through prayer, recitations, sharing and songs, including the hymn "We Gather Together."
If you've always assumed that the hymn was written about the Pilgrims' success in finding religious freedom in the New World ... you're wrong. So where did it come from? In yesterday's Wall Street Journal, Melanie Kirkpatrick sheds light on the "surprising origins" of this Thanksgiving standard.
(Hat tip: Marvin Olasky at World Magazine Blog).