Be Thankful To God As Our Forefathers Were
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”
~ Psalm 100:4-5
Each year The Patriot Post (patriotpost.us) publishes “The History and Legacy of Thanksgiving in the United States. The Patriot Post: Voice of Essential Liberty promotes this nation's traditional culture and values as defined by our founding fathers. The following is adapted from that annual message.
According to the article, Thanksgiving, as introduced by European explorers and settlers in the “New World” was a time set aside specifically for the purpose of giving thanks to our Creator for His manifold blessings.
In 1607, the Jamestown settlers held thanksgiving at Cape Henry, Virginia, and there are many other records of such hallowed observances.
The first call for an annual Thanksgiving was at Berkeley Plantation, Virginia, in 1619, when Captain John Woodlief and 38 settlers aboard the ship Margaret, proclaimed, “Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacion in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.”
But the contemporary celebration of Thanksgiving across our nation has its roots in the first “harvest feast” celebrated in 1621 by religious refugees, Pilgrims, who established the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts in the year 1620.
During the American Revolutionary War the Continental Congress designated days of thanksgiving each year. The First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving was made in 1777.
The first Thanksgiving Day designated by the United States of America was proclaimed by George Washington on October 3, 1879. According to the article the first sentence of the 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, 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 peaceable to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness...”
In 1941, with World War II on the horizon, the Senate and House approved the fourth Thursday of November as a National Day of Thanksgiving, perpetuating the observance annually.
As Christians, and as citizens of the United States may we continue to be aware of why our forefathers set aside on an annual day of public thanksgiving. This was to specifically thank our Almighty God for His many blessings that He has bestowed upon our Nation.
Lord God, on this Thanksgiving Day, we bow our heads in gratefulness to You for Your bountiful blessings that You have bestowed upon our Nation and each individual. Thank You in advance for continuing to bless our Nation and each one of us. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington