Monday, November 16, 2009

Worried about Thanksgiving

"Several Presidents, including George Washington, made one-time Thanksgiving holidays. Although the demand for making it a regular national holiday came in from various quarters, but of little impact. In 1827, Mrs. Sarah Joseph Hale began lobbying several Presidents for the proclamation of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. It didn't see success until 1863 when Abraham Lincoln finally made it a national holiday with his 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation."  (as taken from:  How Thanksgiving Became a Holiday)

Thanks to the patient diligence of Mrs. Sarah Joseph Hale, we have a national day of thanksgiving.  It took her about 40 years to see her hard work become fruitful.  And thanks to Abraham Lincoln for recognizing this was a good idea.  But where is America headed?  It saddens me the direction this great nation is taking.  I see it in how government is run, who is picked for president, etc.  I see it in the holidays we chose to celebrate and ignore.  One such holiday that I see hardly spoken of on TV or on the radio is "Thanksgiving".  It says in 2 Timothy 3, that in the last days it will be difficult to be a Christian.  That children will be disobedient to their parents, that people will be ungrateful and will love only themselves and money.  The list goes on. Yes, this is what concerns me, the spirit of ungratefulness.  It is in the church, it is in the world, it is in people's hearts.  And we see it in the fact that retailers readily accept Halloween and from there jump straight into Christmas.  All for the love of money.

Please, if you are a Christian, do not let the spirit of Thanksgiving die away in your heart, let your praises flow for our Lord's daily care, His great blessings and constant abiding love.