Wednesday, November 23, 2005

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).


At Sunday, November 27, 2005 5:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please dont hate me when I tell you that here in Texas we had a Thanksgiving dinner and I was in shorts and sandals.
Soli Deo Gloria

At Tuesday, December 20, 2005 11:34:00 AM, Blogger Toad734 said...

Not sure I have ever heard that song. By the way, the Pilgrims weren't really seeking religious freedom; they had it in the Netherlands. The Pilgrims left the Netherlands because they were ethnocentric and didn't want their kids to become Dutch. They left England for religious freedom.


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