Protestant pilgrims are shown on the deck of the ship Speedwell before their departure for the New World from Delft Haven, Holland, on July 22, 1620. William Brewster, holding the Bible, and pastor John Robinson lead Governor Carver, William Bradford, Miles Standish, and their families in prayer. The prominence of women and children suggests the importance of the family in the community. At the left side of the painting is a rainbow, which symbolizes hope and divine protection.
How grateful we are, dear Lord our God, for your tender mercies, your grace and everlasting compassion. You have cared for us since the beginning of time. You have said that you will never leave us nor forsake us. You will be with us until the end. How grateful we are, dear Lord our God.