It is only fitting that President Lincoln set apart a National Day of Thanksgiving to God for America’s blessings. It has always been America’s destiny to serve God. No matter what President Obama says, we are a Christian nation. Always have been; we have strayed, however, from our calling as a nation.
These words penned and proclaimed by Lincoln speak plainly: “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 Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”
I submit that there is only one “Our Father”–only One who dwells in the heavens–and that is the God of the Bible. Lincoln’s writings and speeches are full of quotes from it.
We are reminded every Thanksgiving Holiday to return and give thanks to our heavenly Father. For giving thanks is the sacrifice that God wants us to offer Him. Just simple appreciation and acknowledgement of kindnesses, love, and mercy to us and ours. That’s all He asks us to do. We don’t have to offer up the blood of bulls, goats, calves, and heifers. No severe human penance is needed to please Him. God, like us, just wants to be appreciated.
And we start this by simply giving thanks to Him. We teach our children to be grateful, and so we should be, too. Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving. And pay your vows to the Most High. And call on Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me (Psalm 50: 14-15).
He promises us that if we will sincerely thank Him today and everyday, then when a “day of trouble” comes, He’ll be there to help us. There is a bad day coming for America. It is almost upon us. Oh, how we need to thank Him now. Kenneth Wayne Hancock