This is one day that most of America stops and, for a brief moment, expresses thankfulness for all our blessings.
…but WHO are we thankful TO? Fate? Karma? Some existential Force?
I think it’s important that we acknowledge that we are thankful to Almighty God for His blessings.
The scriptures say: “don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father” (James 1:16-17)
Throughout our history, it has been important that we stop and thank God for all His blessings on us.
President George Washington’s first Thanksgiving Proclamation said:
“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 to implore His protection and favor. . . . Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November  . . . that we may all unite to render unto Him
our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection.”
Later, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln would offer this proclamation:
“The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the Source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the everwatchful providence of Almighty God. . . . No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of
the Most High God, Who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”
Today, in the midst of our own tumultuous days, we need to stop and thank the Lord for His continued blessings. Freedom and liberty continue to be blessings that we experience here in the United States of America, and those enable us to experience many other blessings–faith, family, friends, football, food, fun…and lots of other good things!
Today is a GREAT day to give thanks…but so it tomorrow and Saturday, a week from Tuesday, and next month.
Let’s try to cultivate an attitude of gratitude, and make sure that we express it–to God and to others–often!
Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for YOU!