Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  I am going to do something a little different today.  Today most of the message will be George Washington's Thanksgiving proclamation.  I think its a great reminder as to what America was supposed to be.  And I think that America is a great metaphor for many of our lives in Christ.  As long as we live, it is never too late to seek God and get back on the path He laid out for us.  On this day of thanks, let us evaluate our lives and see where we are compared to where God wants us to be.  If need be, let us repent, that is turn away from where we have strayed, and return to His path for our lives.  I say this because originally Thanksgiving was not just about being thankful, but also a call for repentance recognizing that God's blessings are contingent upon us seeking after Him.  Thanks begins with seeking because seeking leads to provision and provision leads to thanksgiving.  And all of that begins with repentance because you can not seek God until you stop straying from Him.  On this Thanksgiving, give God thanks for all He has done recognizing that whatever you have is by His grace.  Thanksgiving is not about wishing for more, but thanking for what you have.  When you are thankful, truly thankful, for what you have then God will give you more.  So without further adieu, here is George Washington:
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 and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3rd day of October, A.D. 1789. -- George Washington (1789)
In all things, give thanks to God.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
A Psalm of Thanksgiving. MAKE a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! 
Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.  
Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.  
For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100 NKVJ

1 comment:

  1. WOW, go George!!
    It saddens my heart to see how far our country has come away from this :(