Happy Thanksgiving!!

Posted: November 25, 2010 in Holidays

…A good friend of mine and I, have this sort-of inside joke. Often when we see each other, we say: “Happy Birthday”, every week, every month… people, around ask, “is this your Birthday”?, I answer: “Not really, we are just joking”. However, if I wanted to celebrate Tony’s birthday (anytime of the year) and took him out to Texas Road House and paid for a big Tenderloin Steak for him, would he appreciate it? CERTAINLY! It doesn’t matter the day, it is the thought that counts

Same thing with Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving. We all know there are less than accurate facts about these holidays (As far as some of the details are concerned), but, why not to use these as legitimate excuses to do what is good; to celebrate , that Jesus died for our sins and rose again to prove He was the son of God; that Jesus came to the world and made himself a man, a little baby, to one day grow up and defeat our archenemy; or to thank God for all of His blessings upon our families and nation. That is what Thanksgiving for me is all about:

Excerpts from “The proclamation” that sets the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving issued by the President of the United States of America in 1863, Abraham Lincoln:

“… To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, … to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. …peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed … … is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy..”.

“It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. … to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. …, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife …

Psalm 50: 14 Offer to God thanksgiving, … Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

via Thanksgiving, lies and other Holidays « Thoughts with accent.

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