Many now want to leap right over the Day of Thanks and run straight to the stores to shop. But…. hey! Slow down there buckaroo… this being thankful stuff is important. This special time is historical. It’s a part of the American make up… which is systematically being pushed aside so we can hurry up and buy stuff. And we can’t let that happen. (<– that was typed with a whiny voice.)
Okay… back to the historical portion of this show. Thanksgiving was first proclaimed in 1789 by George Washington, President #1. He said, as a country, we needed to take time to give thanks. Yay George! Good call…
However, the date for doing so floated around randomly until Abraham Lincoln, President #16, on October 3, 1863, decided to give it a firm date to land on each year. It was then Abe proclaimed the fourth Thursday of November as our National Day of Thanks. Yay Abe! Way to pin it down…
Now everyone had a chance to fatten up the turkey and get the cranberries out of the bog.
In part, Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation reads:
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any
mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the
Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath
nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they
should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and
one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens
in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who
are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of
November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who
dwelleth in the Heavens. (the entire proclamation can be read here)
So here we are one hundred and fifty years later, living lives no one from the 1860′s could have dreamed of, let alone understand… and I have doubt would approve of. But God is the same. He hasn’t changed. He continues to care for us by His mercy and he is still deserving of praise and thanks.
There are some who don’t believe that and they want to take our country down a different path. But I still belive in freedom and I’m sticking with God. And this year… I’m especially thankful for George and Abe.
May your turkey be fat, your cranberries tart and your pumpkin pie loaded with whipped cream.
(FYI… I find this type of information thoughly fastinating.)