During this very special holiday, I would like to share a brief excerpt from a Thanksgiving letter recently received from my good friend, Dale Ditto:
“The history of Thanksgiving shows many examples of how Americans have given thanks in the midst of hardship.
- In 1621, after suffering through a harsh New England winter and having more than half of the Pilgrims die, the surviving Pilgrims gathered with the Indians for the day of Thanksgiving.
- In the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer in 1863.
- In 1941, President Roosevelt made Thanksgiving a federal holiday at a time when the great depression was ending and WWll was beginning.
“In his call to prayer and Thanksgiving, President Lincoln reminded the nation:
‘We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has grown. We have preserved in peace and prosperity. But we have forgotten God. We have become too self-sufficient to feel the need of redeeming and preserving grace; too proud to pray to the God who made us.’”
I’m stilling trying to grow in the Biblical truth that when I am discouraged, disappointed or even grieving, if I thank God for His blessings, I can experience peace and even joy during trials.Paul encourages us with these words in Colossians 3:15, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
I thank God for each one of you!