Thursday, November 29th 2013
Okay, so I’m a day late. But looking back over my shoulder at Thanksgiving I have a simple observation: Why must we rob yet another Christian holiday of its true significance? By now, most informed Americans know that when President Obama recently video-taped special comments in memory of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address that he opted out the recognition that our nation is “under God.” His underlings blamed it on a text that he was given which omitted this significant recognition. Even if his schedule was busy and he didn’t notice the omission, he could have apologized and reaffirmed his belief that we are a nation under God. But no, that would upset too many Progressives.
Now it’s Thanksgiving that has taken a hit. When the original proclamation by President Lincoln was given in 1863, it stated that American’s blessings “should be solemnly, reverently acknowledged.” Lincoln declared, “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.“ So much for our obsession with today’s Black Friday. Sadly, we’ve exchanged recognition of Divine guidance with politically correct contrivances. (If I hear one more person say “Happy Holidays” I think I’ll puke!) So what were we supposed to be thankful for yesterday? God and his grace which has been shed on our Land. Anything less is a disgrace!
An encouraging word: BEING THANKFUL
Yesterday was supposed to be the day of gratefulness, Thanksgiving. Many likely did express gratitude for family, friends, provisions, and their favorite football team winning. I wonder how many were thankful for what really matters – God’s love, His steadfast faithfulness, and the gift of eternal life. As we walk through this season of festivity, let’s remember that being thankful is more than a one-day deal. Appreciation for what the Lord has done in our lives is an all-year-long occasion.
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