The American day of thanksgiving is even older than the nation itself. Various dates have been suggested for being the first, but credit is usually given to the feast of thanksgiving celebrated by the Mayflower Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians in 1621 at the Plymouth Colony in what is now Massachusetts.
In a sense, it became a unique American holiday when George Washington and Congress proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving in 1789. Their document of proclamation states:
“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 implore his protection and favor (we) 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.”
President Washington was right. God has blessed this nation, and we should pause and give him thanks for his generosity and goodness. Thanks for this wonderful land with its freedoms and opportunities. Thanks for the food and other necessities we so often take for granted. Thanks for our military and military veterans, who serve and sacrifice so that we may be free.
Thanks for the police and fire personnel, and their efforts to protect us and our property. For the doctors and nurses and other professionals who serve us in our health needs. I personally need to thank him for my wife, family, friends, church family, health, and a nice house that is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Also, thanks for more material things than I’ll ever use.
Make your own list — the blessings are almost endless. Thank you Lord.
“Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving” Psalms 95:2