Thanksgiving has been celebrated as a federal holiday in the United States every year since 1863.
In that year, President Lincoln declared a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. (source: wikipedia)
Today, and every day, let us remember with thanksgiving the Lord who reigns from everlasting to everlasting and who is the dwelling place for all generations. Let us give thanks and praise to the Good Shepherd who makes all things possible. Let us give thanks for all blessings, large and small.
And all the people said “Amen!”
Scripture for Reflection
But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise. – Psalm 79:13 (ESV)
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. – Psalm 90: 1-2 (ESV)
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from ever everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, Amen! Praise the Lord! – Psalm 106:48 (ESV)
The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4: 5-6 (ESV)
This article in part of a “40-Day Prayer Vigil” series. A complete list of posts can be found here.