In the middle of the American Civil war, President Abraham Lincoln back then, prompted by a series of editorials written by Sarah Joseph Hale, proclaimed a National Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November 1863. The document, written by the Secretary of State William Seward, reads in part:
“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To those bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God……..
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” [end of excerpt – read more] Since 1863, Thanksgiving has been observed in the United States.
While it is true that the date for Thanksgiving has been changed a couple of times, the final amendment passed the U.S. House, and on December 26th 1941 President Roosevelt signed this bill, for the first time making the date of Thanksgiving a matter of federal law and fixing the date as the fourth Thursday of November.
So let it not be for just today but everyday of our lives, let us all come together on one accord around the world and give thanks each day to the one true living Almighty God, Elohim, our Heavenly Father for His grace, mercy, faithfulness and forgiveness to us all.