Monday, November 17, 2014

this might sound strange...

"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever..." Psalm 100:4-5
In response to the prompt, "I have many things to be thankful for that might sound strange, but have you ever stopped to thing about...," the bulletin board was filled with a great variety of answers.

books for learning,veterans for defending us, animals for survival, teachers for learning, holidays for celebrating our beliefs, birthdays for growing, vacations for relaxing, food for growing, sisters for talking, oceans for living, brothers for playing, bikes for getting around, glasses to see, freedom to make decisions, etc.

The answers were creative, thoughtful and heartfelt. But the number one reason for Thanksgiving is still best.

In reading about our Thanksgiving holiday, i was encouraged to know it was first established by our Presidents as a national holiday set aside to thank God for His blessings to us.  From George Washington to Lincoln to our current Presidents, God is acknowledged and thanked. 

Presidential Thanksgiving proclamations include the following statements:
(Obama 2013), "mindful of the grace bestowed on us by God" (Obama 2012),  "thank God for the blessings of freedom and prosperity" (Bush 2002), "express heartfelt thanks to God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us" (Clinton 1999), "thank God for our families, friends, and neighbors" (Reagan 1985), and "express our gratitude for the glorious gifts of God" (Kennedy 1963).

For additional teaching tools and information, you might like to visit the link below:
The federal government's establishment of Thanksgiving (History Channel Video)
If you are interested in more links regarding this, let me know and i will email to you.

As we celebrate the many wonderful reasons why Thanksgiving is important to us, i pray we always remember who we should thank first.

Thank You, Father!  from whom all blessings flow!

friend, we are loved and chosen by God,

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