Allow me first to say a special thank you for the tremendous effort put forth last Sunday to make our church wide dinner a great success. What a team!
Thanksgiving Day is a distinctive holiday. It doesn’t celebrate a battle or anyone’s birthday or anniversary. It is simply a day set aside to express our thanks as a nation to God. In 1789, Pres. George Washington made a public proclamation of our nation’s dependence upon Him. In part, it said;
“By the President of the United States of America. A proclamation: 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, & humbly to implore His protection & favor, 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 Public Thanksgiving & Prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God. . .”Now, Therefore I do recommend & assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great & glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. . .”
Wow, you don’t hear things like that too often these days.
This past week many in our nation paused once again to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. And one would assume that because of the example of our forefathers, & because today we have so much, that we would be an extremely thankful people. This morning we want to look at some of what the Scripture says about that issue.