Hi, I’m John Stonestreet. Today, we wish to share a classical Chuck Colson BreakPoint explanation on Thanksgiving, Squanto and the prudence of God.
Chuck Colson: Most of us know the story of the first Thanksgiving; at slightest we know the Pilgrim version. But how many of us know the Indian viewpoint?
No, I’m not articulate about some revisionist, politically scold chronicle of history. I’m articulate about the extraordinary story of the way God used an Indian named Squanto as a special instrument of His providence.
Historical accounts of Squanto’s life vary, but historians trust that around 1608, some-more than a decade before the Pilgrims arrived, a organisation of English traders sailed to what is currently Plymouth, Massachusetts. When the guileless Wampanoag Indians came out to trade, the traders took them prisoner, ecstatic them to Spain, and sole them into slavery. It was an unthinkable horror.
But God had an extraordinary devise for one of the prisoner Indians, a child named Squanto.1
Squanto was bought by a well-meaning Spanish monk, who treated him good and taught him the Christian faith. Squanto eventually done his way to England and worked in the stables of a man named John Slaney. Slaney sympathized with Squanto’s enterprise to return home, and he betrothed to put the Indian on the first vessel firm for America.
It wasn’t until 1619, 10 years after Squanto was first kidnapped, that a ship was found. Finally, after a decade of outcast and heartbreak, Squanto was on his way home.
But when he arrived in Massachusetts, some-more heartbreak awaited him. An widespread had wiped out Squanto’s whole village.
We can only suppose what must have left by Squanto’s mind. Why had God allowed him to return home, against all odds, only to find his desired ones dead?
A year later, the answer came. A shipload of English families arrived and staid on the very land once assigned by Squanto’s people. Squanto went to meet them, nod the dismayed Pilgrims in English.
According to the diary of Pilgrim Governor William Bradford, Squanto “became a special instrument sent of God for [our] good . . . He showed [us] how to plant [our] corn, where to take fish and to gain other line . . . and was also [our] commander to bring [us] to different places for [our] profit, and never left [us] compartment he died.”
When Squanto lay failing of fever, Bradford wrote that their Indian crony “desir[ed] the Governor to urge for him, that he competence go to the Englishmen’s God in heaven.” Squanto bequeathed his security to the Pilgrims “as remembrances of his love.”
Who but God could so miraculously modify a waste Indian and then use him to save a struggling rope of Englishmen? It is suggestive of the biblical story of Joseph, who was also sole into slavery, and whom God further used as a special instrument for good.
Squanto’s life story is remarkable, and we ought to make certain the children learn about it. Sadly, many books about Squanto replace references to his Christian faith. But I’m gay to contend that my crony Eric Metaxas has created a smashing children’s book called “Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving.” we rarely suggest it since it will learn your kids about the “special instrument sent of God,” who changed the march of American history.
How good to hear again from Chuck Colson. we know that we and my colleagues at BreakPoint are so grateful to God for all that He achieved by Chuck’s life.
And this Thanksgiving on interest of Chuck and Eric Metaxas, we wish you, the BreakPoint listeners, to also know how grateful to God we are for you—for all the enlivening words, and request and financial support you’ve supposing this method over the years. Thank you, from the bottom of the hearts.
And before we go today, I’d be lingering if we didn’t discuss that my crony Eric Metaxas wrote a good children’s book about Squanto called Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving. We have it for you at the BreakPoint bookstore online.
Have a smashing Thanksgiving.
(This explanation creatively aired Nov 26, 2015.)
Thanksgiving 2017: Squanto and the Providence of God
Get your duplicate of Eric’s book “Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving,” accessible at the online bookstore.