Pondering the importance of the National Day of Thanksgiving unites us with thoughts of peace and gratitude.
Thanksgiving started as a harvest festival and is primarily celebrated in America and Canada. It is a holiday to express thankfulness, gratitude, and appreciation to God, family and friends for which all have been blessed. Traditionally, it has been a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest and loving relationships.
Did you know.....Thanksgiving in the United States was observed on various different dates throughout history? It was not until December 26, 1941 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after pushing two years earlier to move the date up to give the country an economic boost with a longer Christmas selling season, signed a bill into law, with congress, making Thanksgiving a national holiday and proclaiming it to be the fourth Thursday in November.
Our forefathers celebrated a year of abundance in 1621 at the Plymouth Plantation. 102 Pilgrims had arrived on the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. The first year they lost 46 original settlers but with the help of 91 native Americans they survived the winter and expressed gratitude for their fall harvest with a three day festival. Traditionally, this has been known as the "First Thanksgiving."
George Washington shared the first Presidential Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.
"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 - and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."
Thanksgiving Presidential Proclamations help reinforce our need for peace and gratitude.
Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. ~Theodore Roosevelt
Let's make EVERY day a day of Thanks GIVING. This year let's live the "GIVE" in Thanksgiving together.
"Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving." ~Joseph Auslander
"Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life... a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year - and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God." ~Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)
"O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness." ~William Shakespeare
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Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day with friends and family I'll leave you with one last Thanksgiving Thought!
"Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live." ~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear