Shelby G. Floyd

Where Are The Nine?

William Bradford

We remember the first Thanksgiving Day that led to our National holiday. William Bradford, the governor of Plymouth colony, proclaimed in 1623:

To All Ye Pilgrims: Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now, I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November ye 29th of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three, and third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor, and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.

Thus began the very first official Thanksgiving celebration on the shores of this new world called America. Continue reading “WHERE ARE THE NINE?”

A Grateful Attitude


Shelby G. Floyd

We have just observed one of our best American holidays—Thanksgiving. As we go forward let us all continue to be thankful to the Almighty! Thanksgiving Day is rooted in our history and our best traditions. Indeed we have a lot to be thankful for in spite of the economic turmoil. But with all of our bounty many people have negative attitudes and are not thankful for what we do have. Briefly we shall look at three different attitudes from the story Jesus described in the Gospel of Luke—The Ten Lepers.

Attitude of Depression

In the Scriptures the disease of leprosy for which there is no known human cure is a type of sin: “We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Leprosy made the 10 lepers unclean and unfit for fellowship with other people (Leviticus 13:45). Sin makes us unfitted to have fellowship with God and isolates us from his presence (Isaiah 59:1-2). The 10 lepers were therefore filled with very deep despair and depression. All they could do was to cry out for the mercy of their fellow human beings and Almighty God. So it is with those who are filled with a sin laden life. David said that it was good for him to be afflicted so that he might learn God’s decrees (Psalms 119:71). Continue reading “A Grateful Attitude”