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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!
Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 106:1 (KJV)
Enjoy your Thanksgiving, In the Land of the Free, Because of the Brave
Thank a Veteran
God bless you and your families and may God continue to bless The United States of America the best hope for FREEDOM in this world.
“YOUR BROTHER IN LIBERTY”
CURTIS MARTIN, CINCINNATI, OHIO
"Life is a gift, FREEDOM is a responsibility”
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
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