Giving Thanks to Whom? Thanksgiving 2013 (November 26, 2013)
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Thanksgiving is here again – a time when we gather to offer thanks for the blessings of the past year. But…who are we thankful to?
George Washington knew.
More than 220 years ago, President Washington proclaimed, “it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for His benefit, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”
Abraham Lincoln knew, as well. He called it folly for our nation to sever “its national identity and dependence from the God who has given it birth and blessed it for so long.”
As Americans we all too often put our hope in the economy, better government or military might – which are important – but as you gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, remember: it’s Almighty God from whom all our blessings flow.
“As we gather in our communities and in our homes, around the table or near the hearth, we give thanks to each other and to God for the many kindnesses and comforts that grace our lives. Let us pause to recount the simple gifts that sustain us, and resolve to pay them forward in the year to come.” (emphasis added)
[This post originally appeared in November of 2011.]