Chuck Bentley: Forgetting to Give Thanks

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Dear Chuck,

I want to make the spirit of Thanksgiving last the entire year. But it seems like we Americans gather together, eat the obligatory bird, watch football, and then promptly forget what we have to be thankful for as we rush off to join the Black Friday shopping frenzy. I know I sound like a pessimist, but I could use some encouragement!

Gloomy about Thanksgiving

Dear Gloomy,

I love the Thanksgiving holidays and have sweet memories of times spent with my family.  This year we gathered with a number of the Crown staff families who are separated from their nuclear families to celebrate together. One family, who are immigrants from Venezuela, celebrated their first American Thanksgiving.

So I hope I can shed some light on your discouragement and give you hope for the days ahead.

Some History

It’s a holiday that’s been honored in America since the Pilgrims’ celebration of 1621. Despite their fears, hardships, and mourning, they gave thanks to God for his provision in their bountiful harvest. They honored Him and understood their hope was in Him and Him alone.

Throughout the years, our celebrations have evolved and there have been other proclamations to establish this tradition.

President Abraham Lincoln gave his Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1863. It was a dark time in our nation’s history. The holiday, he hoped, would bring the nation together in the midst of our Civil War.       

I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the imposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

But long before the Pilgrims, the people of God were instructed to give thanks. He knew we needed to remember His wondrous works. Why? Because we so easily forget! Throughout Scripture we read of those who erred because they did not remember.

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Source: Christian Post