On October 3, 1863, an Act of Congress designated an annual National Day of Thanksgiving as proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln. The following is part of our national history:
I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States... 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... [it is] announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord... It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.
As amazing as it seems, this was the actual wording used by a President of the United States. I have been so blessed in my life; however, one of my greatest blessings, and most likely yours as well, is being a citizen of this great country. If you have not thanked God for your country lately, then today is a great time to do so.
I will leave you with some scriptures for Thanksgiving...
"Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done." 1 Chronicles 16:8
"Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, "The Lord reigns!"
1 Chronicles 16:31
"Be joyful always;... give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:16 & 18
"You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever."
"Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders."