Thanksgiving Day Roots


Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

-1 Chronicles 16:34 NLT

Although Thanksgiving celebrations date back to the 1500’s in America, the oldest American holiday, Thanksgiving Day, finds its origins in that familiar, historic feast of 1621 with the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians. For three days they celebrated God’s provision with feasting, activities, and giving Him thanks. Designated days of Thanksgiving continued and spread in the colonies becoming annual traditions.

President George Washington proclaimed the first national day of Thanksgiving as Thursday, November 26, 1789. Other presidents followed, proclaiming days for prayer, fasting, and giving thanks to God. Abraham Lincoln, in the darkest days of the Civil War, set the last Thursday of November, 1863 as a time to pray and give thanks. Other presidents followed his example, but the dates varied until 1933 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt began celebrating Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of each November.  In 1941, Congress permanently established that day as the national Thanksgiving holiday.

America has roots in God gratitude. Today, let’s acknowledge God as the sole source of supply. Feast and fellowship, but remember your roots. With thoughts, words, attitude, and actions, acknowledge God’s providential hand in your personal lives and on this nation. And give thanks, for He is good.

Prayer Focus

Find things in your life for which you can be thankful. Acknowledge God’s provision for what you do have and tell Him you are grateful.

Tell someone you love and appreciate that you are grateful God brought them in your life and tell them why.

Janice Buckson

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