A Thankful Heart by Jerry Vines

A Thankful Heart
Jerry Vines
Psalm 66

Thanksgiving is a national holiday here in America. There's an interesting history to how the national day of Thanksgiving came about. You will recall the story of the Pilgrims who came. In 1621 they came here and established a colony. You may remember the story of Governor William Bradford and all of the hardships they endured. You may not know that Governor Bradford lost his wife. She was drowned on the journey here to America.

In 1623 Governor Bradford issued a proclamation establishing that there would be a day of Thanksgiving. I'm going to read to you what he said in his proclamation. He declared, ''Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forest to abound with game, and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our conscience.'' On the basis of that he proclaimed November 25, 1623, as a day, which he said, ''For rendering Thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings.''

That's how this nation started. Don't let anybody ever tell you that America was not founded as a nation which believes in almighty God. That's revisionism history when they do that.

In 1863 Abraham Lincoln established a national day of Thanksgiving on the fourth Tuesday of November. President Roosevelt later on moved it to the fourth Thursday of November. But here it was in the middle of the Civil War, and Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving holiday. He said at that time, ''No human counsel has 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.'' He says that we should implore the Almighty God ...

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