From Wallbuilders.com – This week we celebrate a uniquely American holiday – Thanksgiving.
While thanksgiving celebrations occurred in North America as early as 1541, our current celebration is generally modeled after the one at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. The Pilgrims, having survived their first winter (during which about half of them died), invited their local Indian friends to join with them in several days of religious activities, feasting, and athletic competition.
Thanksgiving became a festival celebrated annually across New England but did not spread to all the colonies until the American Revolution, when the Continental Congress called for official days of thanksgiving and prayer. Continue Reading
“ God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us — Selah. 2 That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations. 3 Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth. Selah. 5 Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. 6 The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. 7 God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him.” Psalm 67
Thanksgiving is a time to truly praise the Lord for his blessings. It is a time to strengthen relationships we share and to reach out to others. God’s blessings to us is not only for our own benefit, but He wants us to share and pass along the good gifts He brings our way. Continue Reading