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Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation
Words in this document began our country’s annual Thanksgiving holiday on the fourth Thursday of November.
“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.”
Abraham Lincoln. Proclamation 106 – Thanksgiving Day 1863.
“The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him; my father’s God and I will extol Him.” (Exodus 15:2; NASB)Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:Ponder the fact that our nation set aside a day of Thanksgiving to our God!Let it sink in that generations of Americans have now taken part in a national day to thank the Lord, whether they have verbally done so or not.Now, let your praises rise to God that you and so many generations before you have set aside this time to corporately honor Him.
A prayer you can pray :Dear Lord, it is almost overwhelming to me when I think about the fact that I live in a nation that has historically honored You so highly. I know You have kept an account of all those years we have set this day aside to give thanks to You. I am so thankful for all of those who have gone before me who participated in this national day of thanksgiving to our God!May the Lord count it as righteousness to this nation that we set aside a day to thank Him as a nation for His goodness to us! All glory be to the Father, we pray in the name of Jesus, Our Lord. Amen!
The very first “Thanksgiving” was celebrated in 1619, one year before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth by another group of English settlers. The event was held on the banks of the James River at what is now Berkeley Plantation, the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison, signer of the Declaration of Independence and father of the ninth President of the United States, William Henry Harrison.
Most Americans, however, remember that the Thanksgiving Day tradition was modeled after the 1621 event in Plymouth, Massachusetts where fifty Pilgrims and ninety Wampanoag Indians feasted for three days. The Pilgrims were indeed thankful for friendship and a bountiful harvest. In the previous year, half of the Pilgrims had starved to death. A Patuxet Indian named Squanto came to their rescue, helping them to survive in the New World.
Throughout our history, Americans were called hundreds of times by their leaders to days of fasting and prayer and subsequent days of thanksgiving, often by local officials and governors.
The first Thanksgiving Proclamation was issued by the Governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts on June 20, 1676. The council wanted to offer thanks for a series of victories in the ongoing “War with the Heathen Natives” setting apart the 29th of June as a “day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such His Goodness and Favor.”
But it was President George Washington at the request of the Congress, who on October 3, 1789, issued the first national Thanksgiving Day proclamation from New York City. Setting aside November 26, the proclamation stated that "our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God and to implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experience."
Washington issued his second Thanksgiving Day proclamation in 1795. Presidents Adams, Jefferson, and Madison all issued proclamation calling for a day of Thanksgiving.
But few Americans gathering this week with family and friends for the feast know about the woman most credited with making Thanksgiving Day a national holiday.
Born Sarah J. Buell on October 24, 1788, in Newport, New Hampshire, it was Sarah Josepha Hale’s persistent petitions that brought about the holiday. She sent hundreds of letters to politicians, including five presidents, imploring them to institute a national day of thanksgiving.
Buell became one of the most influential women in the United States as the editor of the most widely circulated women’s magazine called Godey’s Lady’s Book. She also penned “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” the most-well-known poem in American history.
But it was not until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln received her letter in the midst of the Civil War that the New England tradition would become a national one. “If every state would join in Thanksgiving,” she wrote, “Would it not be a renewed pledge of love and loyalty to the Constitution?” Lincoln agreed.
He set apart the last Thursday of November as a day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” He called upon Americans “that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and Union.”
Lincoln would issue three more thanksgiving proclamations from the White House. Subsequent presidents issued similar proclamations but the states chose different days for the thanksgiving observance. It was not until 1934 that Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that to “set aside in the autumn of each year a day on which to give thanks to Almighty God for the blessings of life is a wise and reverent custom, long cherished by our people.” In 1941, the Congress made the third Thursday of November an official national holiday
Raise a shout for Alahim,
All the Arets! (earth)
Serve Yahuah with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
Know that Yahuah is , He is Alahim;
He has made us, and we are His-
His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him; Bless His name.
For Yahuah is good;
His kindness is everlasting,
And His truth, to all generations.
Be thankfull for all things, Godly things! Not things of the 'world.' Be thankfull for correction. Correction is not punishment as the new agers will lead you.
Correction is a Fathers love.
Be thankfull for sight to see the liars and decievers, both the aware and those unaware. Be gratefull for the patience that we can and will recieve. A little seed, a little leaven can and will go along way.
Be grateful for the ability to forgive and to love as our Master has. Be grateful for discernment in all things, reflectiom of all things, said and done. Be grateful for repentance. Be thankful for Rememberance. He is calling us all. Return to the True Church.
The True Temple where He dwells, within you and you with Him!
Praise and Glory return to The Father Yahuah through His Son, Yahusha Mashiak
There are two types of people in this world. People who think the government is looking out for their best interest, and people who think - Nathan Fraser
If you can't trust people to govern themselves. How can you trust them to govern others? - Wallace Pontes
- by James Pollock, Maj., USAF/SOCOM (Ret.)
A Muslim on Social Media asked a person who posted a map of the known radical sites of terrorism ideology ( in the U.S.) the following question, "Do you realize that you are only inciting FEAR into the minds of many in America about Muslims? "
One wise person stated, " Censorship is a form of terrorism - transparency and freedom go hand in hand. I do not believe censorship is needed for safety or security - it's sneaky and no better than facial veils, masks, hoods and always driven by power, money and manipulation. Why must guns be concealed? Holsters seem just fine and might deter people from crime. . GREAT POST".
I answered for the person doing the posting with the following (BASED ON MY REAL LIFE WISDOM, FREE OPINIONS & FREE THOUGHTS) : "Fear" ..... Are you (Muslim) defining it as : Chopping the HEADS off of tens of thousands of Christians/Muslims, killing almost 20 people at Ft. Hood, killing many people in rural TN, killing 3,000 people on 9/11, killing 2 people in Little Rock, killing/crippling many at Boston Marathon, etc... ?
Any intelligent/rational person would get at least some "fear" after these events, when more radicals/militants are here/coming.
The United States is NOT a country of cowards like Muslims who kill soldiers with HIDDEN roadside IEDs, suicide vests, etc.... ( NO , they were NOT simple "Radical" Muslims in Iraq & now in Syria, etc... like lying people like to frame discussions.)
I know, b/c I had the opportunity to TALK EYE TO EYE with HUNDREDS of the WORST of them as a Field Grade Officer in Iraq twice.
I asked EVERY ONE of them a simple question: Why do you hate the 'West' so much?
They ALL (all types, social-economic levels, & backgrounds...often teachers, dentists, IT professionals, lawyers, doctors, etc...) said, "We do NOT simply hate the West per say. We are COMMANDED by the Koran to be one of THREE TYPES OF JIHADISTS. Either a Jihadist who supports the militant Jihadist Muslim with $$$/resources, a Jihadist Muslim who supports the Militant Muslim with living conditions or the actual MILITANT Jihadist Muslim."
I would then ask, "Are you telling me that ALL Muslims are ONE of those three types of 'Jihadists'?" They ALL (were captured for some reason) would tell me, "YES, that is exactly what I am telling you, no matter if you are Sunni or Shia , If you read/believe in the Koran, you are COMMANDED to be ONE OF THE THREE types of Jihadists." (Note: As a Physician, I understand crazy, insanity, delusions, etc.... when I see it....NONE of these Jihadist Muslims were crazy/insane/delusional; they all spoke to me with normal tone, normal heart rate, clear thinking, intellectual thought, etc... after JUST BLOWING UP PEOPLE , ETC... ! )
I would THEN go on to ask them things like, "Don't you know that JESUS is a prophet in the Islamic religion/Koran? " They ALWAYS answered like this, "Yes, we understand that, but for our 'GREAT IMAM' to return to Earth & our ETERNAL SALVATION to occur, we as Muslims are COMMANDED by the Koran to engage in at least one of the three (3) FORMS OF JIHAD.".
I would then ask again, "All Muslims?". They would then answer 100% of the time, "Yes, all Muslims."
Often they would tell me, "I see that you are wearing a Christian Cross (around my neck); if we captured YOU on the battlefield, we would probably still kill you, but we would do it in a MORE humane way like cutting your head off....(verses burning me alive in a cage, drowning me, stoning, etc..) simply b/c Jesus was a 'Prophet'. "
I would then ask, "Who gets burned alive, stoned, drowned, etc....?" They ALL answered, "People who are SECULARISTS , ATHEISTS, OTHER MUSLIMS WHO DEFY THE MANDATES OF MOHAMMED, HOMOSEXUALS, ETC..."
I would often then point out, " Are you also considering the tens of THOUSAND of people that Saddam killed via conventional methods, chemical warfare (1980s) & the time that he and the Shia' worked TOGETHER to infect the lands of the Kurdish people with Sand-flys carrying a toxic form of Leishmaniasis which rendered an entire segment of young, Kurdish girls as STERILE ? Do you take into account those forms of "Killing the People" of "those lands". (HUMMMM' ....)
I would then ask, " If that is true, why is pedophilia common in the Islamic (especially hard core) Mosques, etc...". They would then ALL answer, "We do NOT view peadophilia on boys as homosexuality." (Hummmm'.....)
Final, I would ask them, "What does (will it) take for the Islamic religious people (Any of the three forms of Jihadists) to be SATISFIED so that the world can relax & live in 'PEACE' (which is the CORE, along with LOVE / REDEMPTION of the 'Bible') around the globe?" They ALL said, (from the curriers to the bomb makers / planners ) " We will NOT stop until the BIG SATAN & the LITTLE SATAN are destroyed in a BALL OF FIRE & the Islamic Caliphate is formed around the Globe in control...".
I often asked them, " What kinds of things in the Western Culture bother you the MOST?" They ALL said, " The things that bother us the MOST are showing of female skin, homosexuality, women's dominance (rights), & big Government taking of our lands." I would then point out to them, "then WHY would you attack NYC, rural areas of America, etc.. where most people are simply going to work every day & not promoting those lifestyles; it is areas like Hollywood, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, Holland, Amsterdam, Austin, Brazil, cities in the Philippines, etc...that MOSTLY promote those cultural activities, NOT the Bible Belt of the U.S. or even NYC (for the most part)." They ALL would come back & say "Yes, we know that, but sometimes you have to target places that are convenient, hence why we are focusing on your U.S. led Military in our lands NOW, but will SOMEDAY get to ALL of those places you named. (TO THE MUSLIM IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA DEBATE:....ARE YOU CONNECTING THE DOTS HERE?)
The ULTIMATE question which I would ask was, "If you guys ever got a NUCLEAR weapon, would you use them as 'leverage' (like Russia, China, India, U.S., etc...) to keep stability OR would you USE THEM ASAP? " They ALL answered, "There is NO DOUBT, we would USE THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE on places like Israel, Rome, Paris, America, etc... When Iran gets Nuclear weapons one day, after 15-30 are built, they WILL BE USED without hesitation & NEVER used for simple 'Leverage' ".
I usually was CARING FOR THEIR WOUNDS OR IN CHARGE OF ALL THINGS 'MEDICAL', SINCE I WAS A PHYSICIAN/MAJ. & THAT IS WHAT MY DOD ORDERS WERE as I spoke with them via an Interpreter, but I ALWAYS ended the conversations with, "Do you realize that myself & all good Christians live for LOVE, PEACE & REDEMPTION for Eternal Salvation, either through the Book of John in the Bible (John 3 : 16 -18 ) OR via Confessional processes in the Catholic religion. The Bible does NOT command one time that we as Christians should form a Caliphate, kill our enemies (actually just the opposite --- love your enemies...unless certain conditions) or abuse others (women, small boys, homosexuals, etc...) We (Jesus) do not approve of some things (Homosexuality, Abortion, etc..), but we NEVER hurt or kill homosexuals, abortionists, etc.... We simply have RATIONAL debates, elections, movements, legal efforts, etc... & we consider the ultimate person to 'Judge' as being God after death." They ALL would say, "Yes we understand that, but Christianity is NOT Islam, never will be & will always be at odds on the points you are making."
[ NOTE: I would then ALWAYS give them proper medical care, water/food, etc.... & walk away stating, "I hope that life-time changes your mind, perceptions, hate of Christians/secularists, etc.. & that one day you will live in PEACE." ]
In summary, I (as a Christian) do NOT 'HATE' anyone, want to hurt/kill anyone, pray even for those I have faced on the battlefields of Iraq, desire PEACE at all levels/forms, & try to show TOLERANCE as much as possible....BUT, when people with AK-47s, Suicide Vests, potential Nuclear Bombs/dirty bombs, etc... come into my space ( the United States & NATO Nations), then YES, there is a degree of CONCERN/FEAR, because THAT IS HOW 'RATIONAL', NORMAL, PSYCHOLOGICALLY STABLE PEOPLE REACT, plus as we say in the South, "IT IS JUST PLAIN COMMON F'N SENSE".
God Bless you ( the Muslim person on Social Media ) ... (& anyone else in the World), but you are misunderstanding our "Fear" as a method to start problems/trouble ( ?? Intentional on your part as reverse psychology?? ....I don't know), but I do know that we as Christians simply want to be left alone without worrying about some guy with suicide vests, & motives to harm us....that is NOT IRRATIONAL 'FEAR', it is RATIONAL FEAR ...& NORMAL.
[ No more debate from me on this topic (waist of time); I have to get things done, take care of my family and prepare for Thanksgiving today ! ..... do we FEAR Muslims of ANY background, belief or motives..... ANSWER = HELL NO, but we are not STUPID either. ] .................................
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