Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Old School Thanksgiving
I heard MWS say some secular songs have deep
yet maybe unintentional spiritual significance.
I guess that's for us to...
Acknowledging I may be wrong, I've never thought faith...or nations can be built on broken pickle jars.
Faith...and nations are best built on Jesus by the book.
Yet, a dip into His story aka history is often helpful to understand the origins and antidotes for faith...and nations.
Thanksgiving comes to mind.
The first Thanksgiving was observed by Massachusetts Pilgrims in 1621 during their second winter in America.
The first winter killed 44 of the original 102 colonists.
So the remnant united with about 80 native Americans for three days of feasting and worship to give thanks to God for the blessings of the preceding year.
The national holiday of Thanksgiving was born; praising and thanking God from whom all blessings flow.
Thanksgiving was to be a day to give thanks to God for everything from that first celebration forward.
Governor William Bradford of Massachusetts made the first Thanksgiving proclamation in 1623: "Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest...spared us from pestilence and disease...granted us freedom to worship God...listen to the pastor and render thanksgiving to Almighty God for all His blessings."
President George Washington proclaimed thanksgiving to God for deliverance from kings "to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God."
President Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday by an Act of Congress in 1863 for "...praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens...nations are blessed whose God is the Lord...But we have forgotten God...We have vainly imagined, by the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own...It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged...by the whole American people."
Pardon the cynicism...buuuuuuut does anyone really think Bradford, Washington, or Lincoln would be elected today to anything almost anywhere in our country?
Yes, His story aka history is often helpful to understand the origins and antidotes for faith...and nations.
Looking back and looking forward, one of the most consistent messages of Holy Scripture is betrayed in the rise and falling of America: "Return to Me and I will restore you."
"Give thanks to Him! Bless His name!
For the Lord is good!"
Blessings and Love!