I hope everyone had a Thanksgiving as wonderful as the one my husband and I just had. I think that turkey gets more delicious every year!
So, my friends, what do we know about Thanksgiving? Who decreed it as a ‘holiday’ and why? Check it out:
“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 implore His protection and favor . . .
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the twenty-sixth day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these United States . . .
That we then may all unite 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 enabled 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 now blessed. . . .
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…
And to bless them with good government, peace, and concord, to promote the knowledge and practice for the true religion and virtue…
Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3rd of October, A.D. 1789.”
Amazing! Separation of church and state? I think not, and thank the Lord for it! I know none of my prayers have ever been as deeply needed as those offered during that time in history. I am so thankful for our CHRISTIAN founding fathers.
God Bless and take care until next time –
William J. Federer, America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations (Coppell, Texas: Fame Publishing, Inc., 1994), p. 654.