Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends and family!
I am thankful for you
and I pray you have a joyful and blessed day.
"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD,
and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High."
- Psalm 92:1 -
I wanted to share an interesting article that I read in Acts & Facts,
a magazine published by Institute For Creation Research.
The Roots of Thanksgiving
Perhaps no other custom so clearly reveals this nation's original character
as that of Thanksgiving Day.
Other nations have adopted similar observances,
but America was the first to nationally recognize its dependence on God
with a special day set aside to thank Him for all His many blessings.
While the exact date of the first American Thanksgiving observance is debatable,
there is no doubt this custom sprang from the shared Judeo-Christian heritage
of those early pilgrims.
From early Spanish expeditions in the late 1500's to the Popham Colony in Maine in 1607,
each group publically declared a day of thanksgiving for their survival
on the shores of this then uncharted land.
And in 1623, Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony
established the most famous of all such observances
when a bountiful harvest prompted him to proclaim a special day to
"render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings."
During the War of Independence from England, the U.S. Continental Congress
set aside a day for thanksgiving and praise for the decisive victory at Saratoga in 1777,
marking the first time that all American colonies took part in such an event on the same day.
The following year at the Valley Forge,
George Washington declared a special day of thanksgiving upon receiving news
that France would provide aid to our cause.
And later, as the young nation's first president,
he responded to a congressional petition by declaring
Thursday, November 26, 1789,
as the first Thanksgiving Day of the United States of America.
Many state and national days of thanksgiving have been proclaimed
since that first Thanksgiving declaration.
But it was the tireless crusade of Sarah Josepha Hale
that finally led to the establishment of this beautiful observance
as a national American holiday.
Her moving letters so touched the heart of Abraham Lincoln
that in 1863 - in the midst of the horrors of the Civil War -
he urged his countrymen to be mindful of their many blessings,
that they are "the gracious gifts of the Most High God"
who ought to be thanked "with one heart and one voice,
by the whole American People."
Written by Henry M. Morris IV
May we be thankful each and every day for God's sweet and precious blessings!
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Vintage Holiday Crafts
Vintage Holiday Crafts