As we get ready to give thanks, (to God), for the bountiful gifts He has given us, I was curious about the origins of this holiday. Since so many atheists fill the ranks of the Obama "faithful", I was curious about why we give thanks to God on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
The Holiday has its origins in the Plimoth Colony of Massachusetts. An odd starting point for praising God, but they weren't always moonbats. After a very hard first year, the Pilgrims were ecstatic at the bounty of their first harvest in the New World, so they had a celebration. After feasting and "practicing their arms", a force of 90 braves arrived as reinforcements. Finding out the strange custom of these newcomers, the Indians sent out a hunting party, killed a few deer, and joined in the festivities.
A few years later, embroiled in a war with the strongest enemy on the planet, George Washington, the Greatest American of all time, issued a proclamation:
George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation
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 shown 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 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.
Flash forward two hundred plus years to this idiotic proclamation:
In 1863, a woman named Sarah Hale sent several letters to Abraham Lincoln, urging him to set a permanent day of thanksgiving. She is the source of our current holiday.
"Let this day, from this time forth, as long as our Banner of Stars floats on the breeze, be the grand Thanksgiving holiday of our nation, when the noise and tumult of worldliness may be exchanged for the length of the laugh of happy children, the glad greetings of family reunion, and the humble gratitude of the Christian heart." Sarah Hale
"The humble gratitude of the Christian heart." Because, boys and girls, we were a Christian nation. As part of Abraham Lincoln's proclamation to create a national holiday, he said the following:
"as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens."
Lincoln also laid the blame for America's prosperity squarely on the shoulders of the Almighty:
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.” – Abraham Lincoln
This year, things are pretty ugly in America. We have a Communist in the Oval Office. We have record numbers of our citizens without employment. We are experiencing outrageous inflation, and both parties of our elected leadership have proven to be worthless. But we can still bend our knee to our Creator, and give prayerful thanks for the bounty of America. As Edward Winslow said of that first Thanksgiving in Massachusetts in 1621:
"And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty." Edward WinslowRemember, the truth will set you free. We are a Christian Nation. We are the greatest Christian Nation, and, God willing, we shall recover from this plague of communism to continue to lead His world toward the light. So let us follow the example of the Father of our Nation, and bend our knee to God, and thank Him for the bounty that is America.
“Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done” (Colossians 2:7).