By Alden L. Benton
“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.”
~George Washington, Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789
With the hustle and bustle holiday travel and visiting family; making dinner preparations and listening to the massive onslaught of black Friday advertising; to the ubiquitous televised football games, we tend to forget the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Put simply, Thanksgiving is about gratitude.
In his book, Happiness is a Serious Problem, Dennis Prager says that happiness is a gift from God and that we Americans seem to go out of our way to make ourselves unhappy.
I believe that this unhappiness comes from not being satisfied with, by not being grateful for, the things we have whether they are physical, emotional, or spiritual.
Today is not the day to worry about the things we don’t have, but to say thank you or the things we do have in our lives.
It does not take a massive feast or a gathering of one’s entire clan. It can be as simple as two people enjoying a cup of coffee and each other’s company.
Be grateful, no matter your situation for if you look close enough, you will find that you have been blessed in some special way.
Be grateful. Be thankful. With those simple thoughts, I bid you all a very happy Thanksgiving and leave you with the words of Abraham Lincoln.
“The year that is drawing towards its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart, which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God….
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be reverently, solemnly, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and voice, by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea, and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and prayer to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”
~Abraham Lincoln, Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1863
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