In 1789 George Washington proclaimed the first Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving. In 1863 President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as “a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father.” Then Congress passed legislation in 1941 declaring the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. From the time of the Pilgrims until today, the tradition of an annual national day of thanksgiving has encouraged Americans to stop, think, and reflect on God’s generous blessings. Just think of the ways that the Heavenly Father has blessed your family this year.
Besides the fact that we get out of school for a few days, Thanksgiving Day is a special time of the year to reflect on God’s goodness. We should be mindful that every day of the year can be a day of thankfulness to God for His bountiful blessings, answered prayers, and unconditional love. In recent days I have become more aware of how good God is! We must never lose sight of or take for granted God’s blessings on our families, our churches, our Christian school, and our country. Even in times of hardship we should be thankful. God has given each of us so many blessings-both big and small. Above all, we should be eternally thankful to God for the redeeming grace that we have in Jesus Christ.