December 4

1619 – Captain John Woodlief led newly-arrived English colonists to a grassy slope along the James River and instructed them to drop to their knees and pray in thanks for a safe arrival to the New World. Thirty-eight men from Berkeley Parish in England vowed:

Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrivall at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God.

Our Father in heaven,
We thank You for our nation. Our national day of Thanksgiving commemorates another group of colonists on another calendar day, and we have failed to keep the vow made by the men from Berkeley Parish on December 4. We humbly ask Your forgiveness.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
If there any curses attached to this calendar day as a result of that failure, we send them to the feet of Jesus. If there are any curses attached to the bloodlines of the descendants of these men as a result of failing to maintain this holiday, we send them to the feet of Jesus. If there are any curses attached to the land at Berkeley Plantation, Jamestown, Virginia as a result of this broken covenant, we send them to the feet of Jesus. We declare these curses null and void.
We bless this calendar day, the descendants of the 38 men from Berkeley Parish, and Berkeley Plantation, Jamestown, Virginia. We bless the United States of America.
We bless You, Father, for the innumerable blessings You have bestowed upon us, especially for the gift of Your Son. He is our hope. Amen.

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