============================================================ Fundamentally Right: Giving Thanks

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving!

This day has been set a side that we might express our thanks to God Almighty for the many blessings He has poured out upon us. His blessings poured out on us both individually and as a nation have been great. It is true that God is good, His blessings are many.

There is a mighty blessing in learning to be thankful.. Our nation, America, has a heritage rich with expressions of thanksgiving…It does us good to remind ourselves of that heritage from time to time, today is the perfect occasion.

Savor the heartfelt thanks in these words, make them your own as you read words of thanks. Hear the words declaring when and why we should be thankful…

Samuel Adams, father of the American Revolution: "It is therefore recommended ... to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor ..."—November 1, 1777 (adopted by the 13 states as the first official Thanksgiving Proclamation)

George Washington in his first Presidential Proclamation: "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 to implore his protection and favor."—October 3, 1789

Abraham Lincoln, during the Civil War: "We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown."—1863

Seneca Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy: "Our Creator shall continue to dwell above the sky, and that is where those on earth will end their thanksgiving."

To read an excellent account of the history of and the reasons for Thanksgiving, I invite you to visit the website of the Federalist Patriot. You can find it HERE.

I thank God for His many, many blessing to me, for the salvation I’ve found through Jesus Christ, for my loving family and for the privilege of living in America.

God bless America


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