The “giving” of thanks implies two things, a thankful heart and and object of beneficence. In the case of the
founders of our great republic, the benefactor has been the God of the bible. Any doubt of that fact can be laid to rest with a reading of the text from 1777. (full text seen here) Here is an excerpt:
“It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the 18th day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise; that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor; and that together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold sins, whereby they had forfeited every favor, and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance; that it may please him graciously to afford his blessings on the governments of these states respectively, and prosper the public council of the whole; to inspire our commanders both by land and sea, and all under them, with that wisdom and fortitude which may render them fit instruments,under the providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States the greatest of all blessings, independence and peace; that it may please him to prosper the trade and manufactures of the people and the labor of the husbandman, that our land may yield its increase; to take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under his nurturing hand, and to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
-Psalms 118:1 (NASB)
I am thankful for the forgiveness of sins.
I am thankful for the love of my Heavenly Father.
I am thankful for the love and health of my family.
I am thankful for the fellowship of the church.
I am thankful for God’s provision.
I am thankful to be one year closer to home.
What are YOU thankful for?