Summary: The main source of every blessings is our God, offer Him our thankful heart.

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November 24, 2002

Our Great Thanksgiving

PSALM 95: 1-3a “ Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God.”

This coming Thursday is a paid holiday. This is good news to people who will benefit from it. But, really this is good news to all people who are residing in this nation. This day is an opportunity of everybody to pause for a while and give time to family reunions and get together to enjoy a sumptuous dinner with turkey on the table, a mashed potato, corn caserole, bread once again pause for a while and have sumptuous dinner as a gesture of Thanksgiving to the blessings of God in this great nation.

We are the living witnesses for the abundance of God in this blessed land.

More so, your forefathers knew exactly the value of recognizing God in the midst of other people and be thankful for what He has done and for what he will still be doing.

In 1789, George Washington made this public proclamation:

"By the President of the United States of America. A proclamation: Whereas, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, & humbly to implore His protection & favor, - and

"Whereas, Both Houses of Congress" have by their joint committee requested me `to recommend to the people of the United States a day of Public Thanksgiving & Prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God. . .’

"Now, Therefore I do recommend & assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great & glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. . ." So read the very first Thanksgiving Proclamation.

And also the following proclamation was made by Governor Bradford in 1623, 3 years after the Pilgrims settled at Plymouth;

To all ye Pilgrims,

Inasmuch as the great father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, squashes and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us from the raids of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday November ye 29th of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty three, and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Plymouth rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.

This nation is unique compare to others because she has a thankful spirit.

Which for us Christians is very vital in our testimony to the greatness and goodness of God.

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