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THANKSGIVING

Has it ever occurred to you that no Americans were more underprivileged than that small handful from the Mayflower who started the custom of setting aside a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God? They had no homes. They had no transportation but their legs. Their only food came from the sea and the forest and they had to get that for themselves. They had no money and no place to spend it if they did have any. They had no amusements except what they made for themselves, no means of communication with their relatives in England, no social security or Medicare. But anyone who dared to call them underprivileged would probably have ended up in the stocks!

Our forefathers had a "boundless faith in God." That sounds strange today in a time when powerful forces are at work in our nation to strip us of every reminder that the very foundation of our nation was built upon the conviction that we are "one nation under God." Our Declaration of Independence proclaims, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they have been endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights..." And it ends with these words, "...with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

Perhaps the Psalmist said best even before the pilgrims, even before the Declaration of Independence, and even before the official proclamation of Thanksgiving by George Washington in 1789, when he wrote Psalm 100: Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good: His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.

Thanksgiving Day is a distinctive holiday. It doesn't commemorate a battle or anyone's birthday or anniversary. It is simply a day set aside to express our nation's thanks to our nation's God!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward