Thanksgiving was born in a time of trouble - a time when men had to look hard to find anything to be thankful for.
The Pilgrims had made seven times more graves than huts. Thanksgiving was born in a time of trouble - a time when men had to look hard to find anything to be thankful for. The Pilgrims had made seven times more graves than huts. This Thanksgiving, like the first Thanksgiving, there is pain and sorrow and our young men are dying in Iraq for the thing the Pilgrims died for - freedom.
The hardest of times is the most important of times to stop, get our eyes off our troubles and remember all the good things our Lord has blessed us with. The greatest leaders understand this and remind the people of it.
When our land was soaked with the blood of the Revolutionary war, George Washington said it this way, "I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care . . . for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed."