Blog 190 for November 21, 2020
The Last Thursday
Can you believe it’s November? Can you believe it’s almost THE LAST THURSDAY of November, THANKSGIVING DAY? I love the memories of the family all gathered around the table enjoying each other and the turkey and dressing, thanking God for His bountiful blessings. May it still be so for us all.
Governor John Hancock of Massachusetts issued a proclamation in 1783 for a Day of Thanksgiving to celebrate the victorious conclusion of the Revolutionary War. Basically, he said,
"whereas these United States have been rescued from dangers and calamities...whereas their freedom, sovereignty, and independence have been acknowledged…
whereas Divine Providence has bestowed favor on us so that we have every reason for PRAISE and GRATITUDE to GOD, and
whereas we are surrounded with blessings from the Hand of the Almighty, I do appoint Thursday, December 11, 1783, to be religiously observed as a day of Thanksgiving and prayer, offering up fervent supplication...to cause pure religion and virtue to flourish...and fill the world with HIS GLORY. Congress recommends that all states observe this Thanksgiving Day, 1783.”
In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln initiated the first annual National Day of Thanksgiving and Praise on October 3, 1863, issuing a formal proclamation, passed by an act of Congress. President Lincoln said that no human mind nor mortal hand has worked out these great things. They are gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, HE remembered mercy. President Lincoln further invites all citizens in every part of the United States; those who are at sea and those in foreign lands, to set apart and observe THE LAST THURSDAY of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our great GOD who dwells in the Heavens. In addition to our praises and humble penitence for our national sins, ask His tender care for widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers. Ask Him to heal the wounds of the nation and restore it quickly to peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.”
As you celebrate Thanksgiving Day on THE LAST THURSDAY of this month, at your home, I recommend several things.
1. Count your Blessings.
2. Give voice to your Divine Benefactor, the Giver of all good gifts, spiritual and physical.
3. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.
4. Relish time with your family and friends.
5. And not only thank God for the blessings He bestowed on you, but honor Him by being a blessing to someone else.
6. We are blessed to be a blessing.
Greetings, love, and friendship to all.
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