Thanks for Your Ancestors
Thanksgiving has been an annual holiday since 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father.” But it goes back even further. George Washington issued the first proclamation of thanks giving in 1789, the year he took office as president. The original roots go back to the early 1600s. Thanksgiving services were routine in Virginia, and after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
Aren’t you glad your forefathers took the time to establish Thanksgiving?
It’s easy to take past sacrifices for granted. America is a country that is an international beacon of freedom and democratic government. Since it was established by human beings, it also has faults. But at one time, it wasn’t even guaranteed to become a sovereign nation. Read your history books. You will discover that the army that won the Revolutionary War was poorly trained, ill-equipped, and outmanned. Yet somehow it prevailed. The 13 colonies struggled for 13 years to become a united government that guaranteed such rights as freedom of speech, freedom of worship and freedom of assembly.
Think about your place in this world. Where would you be without all the sacrifices men and women—hundreds of years ago—made so you could live in a free country? Where would you be without the parents who raised you, the teachers who educated you, and the friends and family members who encourage you today? Most of all, where would you be if I hadn’t created the world? It is a good time to pause from your hectic life and give thanks.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
2 – This Psalm describes how I delivered Israel from captivity in Egypt and yet they forgot what I did, as well as my love. How does this passage describe what is going on today? Do you join in the constant criticism of the country and forgetting what I’ve done for you? How would thankfulness change your outlook?
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