Thanksgiving
 

All of God's children must overcome the temptation to allow God's sovereign provision of our needs to be overshadowed by the pleasure of our bounty and blessings—especially during this very American celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are some of the "original" thoughts.

George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

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; . . . a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:

Now, . . . I do . . . assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; . . .

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; . . . to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best. . . . the 3rd day of October, A.D. 1789. (signed) G. Washington.

Remember the ThanksGIVING

Scripture refers to various ways to express our "offerings" of thanksgiving. Singing (Psalm 30:12); recalling God's creation (Psalm 75:1); telling of God's holiness (Psalm 91:12); remembering those who have helped us (Colossians 1:3).

May this Thanksgiving season be one of great thankfulness to Him for His great blessings and a rededication to use His bounty to please Him and serve others.

Cite this article: Henry M. Morris III, D.Min. 2003. Thanksgiving. Acts & Facts. 32 (11).

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