A brief history of Thanksgiving to share at your family gathering:
The first Thanksgiving Day began after the harvest of November 1621. Governor William Bradford of the 1620 Pilgrim Colony, in Plymouth, Massachusetts proclaimed:
“All ye Pilgrims with your wives and little ones, do gather at the Meeting House, on the hill… there to listen to the pastor, and render Thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings.”
U.S. Presidents continued through the years to proclaim a day of Thanksgiving to God. In October 1863, 240 years after that first Thanksgiving at Plymouth, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed an annual “National Day of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”
President Lincoln said: [It is] “…announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord… But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, by the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own… It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people…”
Do President Lincoln’s words ring true today? Have we forgotten God? Have we vainly imagined that our own superior wisdom has made us what we are today? Or rather, what we used to be? Is our nation not spiraling downward and away from the God who created us?
It is not too late to turn back to God now, this very day. Go to: www.godlife.com/gospel