I have many people to thank for my favorite holiday.
I thank God for the Pilgrims because they left comfort and friends to find freedom in a new land. When they arrived, they began the adventure by thanking God and dedicating the new land to Him. When they began to get established, they had the first Thanksgiving meal with their new friends, the Indians.
On September 28, 1789, the First Federal Congress passed a resolution that asked president to recommend to the nation a day of thankfulness. A few days later, President George Washington issued a proclamation establishing Thursday, November 26, 1789, as a “Day of Publick Thanksgivin”.
Sarah Josepha Hale began to campaign to have the president make a proclamation to set aside a day of thanksgiving . She petitioned five different presidents and found favor with President Abraham Lincoln who made the Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1863 setting aside the last Thursday of November.
President Franklin Roosevelt changed the date to the fourth Thursday of November succumbing to pressure to increase the number of shopping days until Christmas. This caused a great bit of confusion and in 1939, as it seems there may have been two Thanksgiving Day celebrations! This commotion led to the great congress of the United State on December 26, 1941, in the midst of World War II, to set aside time to pass a law declaring that the holiday would take place on the fourth Thursday of every November.
I thank God that this special holiday exists and that is purpose is to thank our Gracious God and Father for all of the blessings that he has given to each of us.
In 2011, we are still a free nation! We still pledge allegiance to the flag as one nation, under God. We still have “In God we Trust” on our currency. Our buildings in Washington still proclaim that God is the founder of this nation and that He has a plan and a purpose for it!
I am thankful for this great experiment of the government of the people, by the people and for the people!
What are you thankful for in 2011?