American Thanksgiving 

      The first Thanksgiving Day was set aside for prayer and celebrations, July 30, 1623, by Governor William Bradford. The Governor proclaimed the day to be shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native American Indians. The event was a one-time celebration, not intended as an annual festival.

       It was not until 55 years later that another Thanksgiving Day was officially proclaimed by the Governing Council of Charlestown, Massachusetts on June 20, 1676. This, too, was a one-time event.

       In the late 1770’s the Continental Congress suggested a day of national Thanksgiving. Washington proclaimed the nation’s first Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1789.

       In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a national day of Thanksgiving.

      It is a blessing that God has blessed us with leaders that allow us to have an annual day of Thanksgiving. God wants us to be constantly thankful:

   “Rejoice evermore; pray without ceasing; 

in everything give thanks:     

                             for this is the W

ill of God in Christ concerning you.” 

                                                  I Thessalonians 5:16 – 18. KJV.

      As long as our nation honors God and continues to allow God’s people (the church) to worship and honor Him, we will continue to be a great nation with God’s favor. Further, as long as God’s people seek God’s face, to do His will, God will honor His promise to cleanse our nation. II Chron. 7:14.

Happy Thanksgiving!

A Thanksgiving Thought Across the Garden Gate by Parson Don



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