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"Being Thankful - But to Who?"
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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

"The Story of Squanto" Part 2

FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS, SQUANTO WANDERED AIMLESSLY. JUST WHAT COULD HE DO, WHAT WOULD HE DO? HIS MOTHER, HIS FATHER, HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS, HIS ENTIRE TRIBE – THEY WERE ALL DEAD. HE FINALLY MADE HIS WAY INTO CHIEF MASSASOIT’S CAMP NEARBY. HE HAD NOWHERE ELSE TO GO. HE TOLD THE CHIEF HIS STORY AND THE CHIEF TOOK HIM IN. BUT SQUANTO MERELY EXISTED. HE BELIEVED HE HAD NOTHING TO LIVE FOR.   

    THEN ONE DAY, SQUANTO WAS TOLD THAT A SMALL GROUP OF PEACEFUL ENGLISH FAMILIES WAS BUILDING A COLONY, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, WHERE HIS OWN VILLAGE HAD BEEN. THIS SMALL BAND OF PEOPLE WE KNOW AS PILGRIMS HAD JUST ENDURED THAT FIRST TERRIBLE WINTER AND ALMOST HALF HAD DIED. THEY WERE SICK AND WEAK AND HAD LITTLE FOOD. IT SEEMED CLEAR THEY WOULD NOT SURVIVE UNLESS SOMEONE HELPED THEM. SQUANTO MADE HIS WAY TO THEIR CAMP.      

    AT FIRST THE PILGRIMS WERE SCARED. WAS HE PART OF A WAR PARTY? WOULD THEY ALL DIE? BUT, AMAZINGLY, THIS INDIAN COULD SPEAK PERFECT ENGLISH, AND AS THEY TALKED, SOMETHING VERY MIRACULOUS HAPPENED – SQUANTO FELT IN HIS HEART THE NEED TO TAKE THESE PEOPLE INTO HIS CARE. HE SAW THESE PILGRIMS AS LITTLE BABES – SO IGNORANT TO THE WAYS AND WILDS OF THE NEW WORLD. HE WOULD COMMIT HIMSELF TO TEACHING THEM, AND SAVING THEIR LIVES. HE TAUGHT THEM HOW TO FISH, STALK DEER, REFINE MAPLE SYRUP, FIND HERBS GOOD TO EAT AND FOR MEDICINE. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING HE TAUGHT WAS THE PLANTING OF CORN – THE INDIAN WAY. AND WITH SQUANTO’S HELP – THEY SURVIVED.   

    SO, IN OCTOBER OF 1621, WHEN THE PILGRIMS DECIDED TO HAVE A THREE DAY FEAST GIVING THANKS TO ALMIGHTY GOD FOR THEIR DELIVERANCE, THEY INVITED SQUANTO AS THEIR SPECIAL GUEST. AND HE BROUGHT WITH HIM 120 BRAVES. IT WAS TRULY A WONDERFUL AND THANKFUL CELEBRATION.   

    BUT, JUST WHAT HAPPENED TO SQUANTO?  HE BECAME A VERY VALUABLE SCOUT TO OTHER EXPLORERS WHO CAME TO AMERICA. AMAZINGLY, AFTER ENDURING ALL THE HARDSHIPS IN HIS LIFE AND OVERCOMING EVERY OBSTACLE, ONLY TWO YEARS AFTER THAT FIRST THANKSGIVING WAS CELEBRATED, SQUANTO WAS STRUCK WITH A TERRIBLE FEVER AND HE DIED.   

    AND WHAT DID THE PILGRIMS THINK OF THIS MAN, SQUANTO? WILLIAM BREWSTER, ONE OF THE FIRST GROUP OF PILGRIMS, IN HIS DIARY WROTE THESE WORDS, “SQUANTO WAS A SPECIAL INSTRUMENT OF GOD FOR OUR GOOD, BEYOND ANY POSSIBLE EXPECTATIONS.” THE KNEW THAT SQUANTO HAD BEEN SENT TO THEM MY GOD. WHAT AN AMAZING STORY.