Give Thanks, not just a shout-out!
A brief history of Thanksgiving (so you can sound like super genius’s tomorrow at the dinner table:)
Extracts of a speech made by Abraham Lincoln inaugurating the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day:
“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God…No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwells in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.” – Washington, D.C. October 3, 1863
May each one of you be blessed with truly ‘thankful’ day of Thanksgiving. Take this opportunity to thank family & friends who have played a significant role in your life this past year. And take a moment to really thank God for all the blessings He has generously given you this year. We all have something to thank Him for, He is the source of Life, Salvation, and everything that is truly Good!
I think it fitting to end with the lyrics of a famous hymn by Henry Smith:
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks unto the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son.
And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich”
Because of what the Lord has done for us.
What are you thankful for today?