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Thanksgiving is giving thanks to God

November 13th, 2008

It’s not just turkey and pumpkin pie.

Celebrating the holidays provides a natural avenue to pass on our beliefs to our children.

I highly recommend reading this book together as a family – Thanksgiving – A Time To Remember by Barbara Rainey

This book tells not only the historical story of the Pilgrims, but it recognizes God’s hand in history and how we can be grateful for God’s goodness today.

When Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving Day a national holiday in 1863, it was smack in the middle of the tumultuous Civil War. Yet, he said these words in his Proclamation:

…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. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People….

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.

If your family is like mine, we are definitely feeling the economic crunch this year. Yet as we approach Thanksgiving, I am thankful to God for His mercy. We are teaching our children to thank and trust God even during difficult times.

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