Who do you give thanks to?

You know, I’ve been wondering to whom should we be giving thanks to?

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday. Many who do not believe in God would give thanks to individuals. And there are many who believe in a deistic God – a God who exists but does not interact with his creation. It makes no sense to me give thanks to a god like that.

But when I look at the founding fathers, I see THEM giving thanks to a God who interacted with mankind and who protected them and who guided them.

How can anyone think the founders of this nation meant to keep God out of our government is beyond me – especially when I read the first president’s Thanksgiving proclamation which he asked to proclaim by BOTH houses of congress

‘Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.’

The Second president of the US did something similar, but not exactly the same. President John Adams did not declare a day of thanksgiving. Instead, he declared a day of fasting and humiliation:

“I have therefore thought fit to recommend, and I do hereby recommend, that Wednesday, the 9th day of May next, be observed throughout the United States as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer; that the citizens of these States, abstaining on that day from their customary worldly occupations, offer their devout addresses to the Father of Mercies agreeably to those forms or methods which they have severally adopted as the most suitable and becoming; that all religious congregations do, with the deepest humility, acknowledge before God the manifold sins and transgressions with which we are justly chargeable as individuals and as a nation, beseeching Him at the same time, of His infinite grace, through the Redeemer of the World, freely to remit all our offenses, and to incline us by His Holy Spirit to that sincere repentance and reformation which may afford us reason to hope for his inestimable favor and heavenly benediction; that it be made the subject of particular and earnest supplication that our country may be protected from all the dangers which threaten it; that our civil and religious privileges may be preserved inviolate and perpetuated to the latest generations; that our public councils and magistrates may be especially enlightened and directed at this critical period; that the American people may be united in those bonds of amity and mutual confidence and inspired with that vigor and fortitude by which they have in times past been so highly distinguished and by which they have obtained such invaluable advantages; that the health of the inhabitants of our land may be preserved, and their agriculture, commerce, fisheries, arts, and manufactures be blessed and prospered; that the principles of genuine piety and sound morality may influence the minds and govern the lives of every description of our citizens and that the blessings of peace, freedom, and pure religion may be speedily extended to all the nations of the earth.”

And President Lincoln Thanked GOD in his 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation:

“To these 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 can not 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.”

Through out most of the history of this country, GOD is the one to whom we gave thanks – not a god who did not interact with his creation, but one who is active in his creation – guiding, protecting, loving us all.

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