Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States commemorating the harvest of the Plymouth Colony in 1621. The event followed a winter of great hardship. When it was first inaugurated, only a few eastern states participated. However, through the efforts of SARAH HALE, a change was affected. She was fired with the determination of having the whole nation join together in setting apart a national day of giving thanks “unto Him from whom all blessings flow.” To this end, she resolutely engaged the press with an endless flow of letters and articles as to the various newspapers and journals of her time. In addition, she pleaded long and earnestly with three presidents: Fillmore, Pierce and Buchanan during the period of 1846 through 1856. A small measure of triumph was granted in the year of 1852, when her campaign succeeded in uniting 29 states in marking the last Thursday of November as “Thanksgiving Day.”

Then came the dark days of the Civil War. Who would listen to a lone woman with her persistent plea for “just one day of peace amidst the blood and the strife?” One man did. Her entreaty won the ear of a great American, and in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln officially proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a day set apart for the national giving of thanks unto Almighty God. Lincoln lived to see only two such occasions but Sarah Hale lived well on into her late 90’s, content that her long cherished hope had at last become a reality.

Thanksgiving is more than a day on a calendar, or more than a day with “turkey and trimmings.” It is because of Jesus that we cry out with praise and worship, “Thanks be unto God for His indescribable gift.” 2 Cor. 9:15

We owe everything to the love, grace and mercy of Him who gave Himself on Calvary. He gave up heaven for earth. He gave Himself into the hands of sinful men that He might give out His unfathomable love to all who would receive Him. He gave Himself for us, that there might be forgiveness of sins,  salvation.

God so loved us that He gave us His Son. We remember that love and give thanks.

A Psalm for giving thanks  –  PSALM 100
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful song,
Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

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