It was a week before Thanksgiving and a young homeschooling mother was having her teeth cleaned.
The dental hygienist was complaining. “I hate spending another holiday at my sister’s house. She HAS to make every holiday a religious holiday, even Thanksgiving! Come on, it’s Turkey Day! What’s religious about that?”
The homeschooling mom spoke up. “Actually, it IS a religious holiday. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln made a declaration. He proclaimed an annual ‘National Day of Thanksgiving’ as a day when the people of this country should give thanks to God for His many blessings. That sounds sort of religious to me.”
The hygienist became quiet. Then, “How did you know that?”
“Just this week my kids asked me how Thanksgiving began. I did some research.”
The hygienist responded. “Okay. Well, I don’t want to talk about it anymore.”
- For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:20-21