November 2017 Letter

The Reason behind THANKSgiving

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. However, since he did not establish it as a national holiday each state had the right to decide when it would celebrate Thanksgiving. It wasn't until 1941 that Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and observed on the fourth Thursday of November. On this day, family and friends get together for a feast to celebrate their good fortune, relax and enjoy one another's company. It is also the unofficial beginning of the winter holiday season.

For thousands of years, people have set aside a day to celebrate the autumn harvest, giving thanks for a plentiful growing season. Ancient Hebrews held a special eight-day feast to celebrate their harvest season. We see many references to giving thanks in the Old Testament, especially by King David in the Book of Psalms: “I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving,” (69:30); “Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!” (95:2); and “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, Give thanks to him; bless his name!” (100:4).

For the Pilgrims in 1621 and for Christians today, a day of “thanksgiving" is actually a religious holiday set aside for giving thanks to God. On Thanksgiving Day, we give thanks to God for all His abundant blessings and for His Beautiful Creation, “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.” (1 Timothy 4:4-5). Thanksgiving also reminds us of the greatest gift God ever blessed us with, the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, as the only way to eternal salvation.

So, on November 23rd, enjoy your family gatherings, the turkey, ham, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, corn, green beans, pumpkin pie, and always remember that Thanksgiving Day is a day set aside for giving thanks to God, “saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” (Revelation 7:12).


November Blessings!


Pastor David A. Feddern