Thanksgiving

November 25, 2009
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As we approach Thanksgiving Day, I thought I would post a few thoughts on the subject.  Thanksgiving is a special time around our house.  As we ready preparations for special times of fellowship with family and friends, we remember that Thanksgiving is distinctly Christian and give thanks to God, our Creator, for his manifold lovingkindness and blessing he bestows to His children. 

O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting.  1 Chronicles 16:34

Consider these Thanksgiving Proclamations written by our forefathers.  They are profoundly convicting.    

Thanksgiving Proclamation, Congress, 1777

It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive Powers of these United States to set apart Thursday…for SOLEMN THANKSGIVING and PRAISE:  That at one Time and with one Voice, the good People may express the grateful Feelings of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the Service of their Divine Benefactor; and that, together with their sincere Acknowledgments and Offerings, they may join the penitent Confession of their manifold Sins, whereby they had forfeited every Favor; and their humble and earnest Supplication that it may please GOD through the Merits of JESUS CHRIST, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of Remembrance. 

Thanksgiving Proclamation, Congress, 1777

That it may please him, to prosper the Trade and Manufactures of the People, and the Labor of the Husbandman, that our Land may yield its Increase. 

Thanksgiving Proclamation, Congress, 1784

To raise up from among our youth, men eminent for virtue, learning and piety, to his service in church and state; to cause virtue and true religion to flourish, to give to all nations amity, peace and concord, and to fill the world with his glory. 

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Psalm 128  

One Response to Thanksgiving

  1. Collin
    November 28, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    We’ve made this passage a part of our family’s time of Thanksgiving:

    “Take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. Beware lest you say in your heart, My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth. You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.”

    Deuteronomy 8:11-20