For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Have a wonderful and thankful Thanksgiving!
The words of George Washington on the first Thanksgiving should be on the forefront of our minds on this Thanksgiving. This was Washington’s words:
WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:
NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
(signed) G. Washington
-Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789
Thanksgiving is more than simply the Indians thanking the Pilgrims and vice versa. It is about recognizing the sustaining power of the Creator. It is about being grateful for his love and mercy. It is about being surrounded by people you care about, and being thankful that God put them in your path. At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is about being in awe of the cross, because that was the greatest gift the world was ever given.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and never forget to be thankful.
Thanks for reading.
Psalm 7:17 says:
“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.“
I have been guilty of not giving thanks to God for everything in my life. Sure I take time to thank God on Thanksgiving but when the day is over I tend to get wrapped up in everything else life throws at me.
I forget to give thanks to God for who he is. He is a God that is righteous and holy. He is a God that loved me enough to place my sins on himself by dying on the Cross. He is a God that is powerful enough to defeat death. He is loving enough to save people who hate him.
I pray that we will be people of Thanksgiving even when the day dedicated to it passes.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)