Will You Give Thanks?

By Dennis Leap

On Thanksgiving Day, multiple millions of Americans will rush to church services to thank God for the many incredible blessings He has bestowed on our nation historically and over the past year. … Not!

Let me begin again.

On Thanksgiving Day, multiple millions of Americans will celebrate the holiday by attending parades, watching football games on television, and over-eating traditional turkey dinners. Many will head out late Thursday evening to begin their Christmas shopping. The Friday after Thanksgiving, called Black Friday, is one of the heaviest Christmas shopping days of the year—and it now begins on Thanksgiving Day. Merchants rely on crowds of greedy shoppers to put them in the black financially.

This is radically different from the way Thanksgiving was intended to be kept. Do you know the origin of this uniquely American festival?

Why Thanksgiving?

George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two of our most important presidents, saw a great need for Americans to hold a day of thanksgiving. Both men wrote proclamations recommending that all Americans observe a day of public thanksgiving. However, it is Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation that established the Thanksgiving Day we celebrate today.

Just after the Union victory at the battle of Gettysburg, which turned the tide of the war in favor of the Union Army, President Lincoln wrote: “In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict; while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

“Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battlefield ….

“No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

“It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning 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.”

As President Lincoln taught us, although God punishes us for our sins, He will be merciful if we turn back and acknowledge how great and good He is! This Thanksgiving Day couldn’t come at a better time for America.

Thankful in Tough Times

There is no question Americans are going through tough times. Consider our many national troubles that continue to plague us. Extreme weather disasters such as the September floods in Colorado, the early summer tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, and the violent November wind storms in Illinois and Indiana have taken lives and racked up billions of dollars of damage. noaa‘s November 19 report shows that 32.5 percent of the U.S. is still experiencing moderate to exceptional drought. Our failing economy has had some gains but is still lagging behind since the 2008 meltdown. These continuous problems show God is angry with us. Why? Because of our national sins, which are many.

Abraham Lincoln knew that as a nation, God had given our land the best of everything—good weather, healthy food and precious materials from the ground—that yielded to us a large and powerful population and incredible wealth providing numerous material possessions. America has been the envy of the world. Yet, what have we done with our God-given gifts? We have corrupted ourselves!

Violence and murder rule our streets. Americans are the world’s biggest consumers of illegal drugs. Our entertainment industry displays our ugliest corruption: In magazines, films, computer games and on the Internet we spew out a constant stream of violence, sensational licentiousness and illicit sex for consumption by every nation of the world. Even the recent election showed the deep division within our nation.

But our greatest national sin of all is that our great wealth has caused us to forget God. As a nation, we are embarrassed by God. A large segment of our nation does not even want to mention the word God. In September 2012, the Democratic National Committee removed the mention of God from their national platform. When the Republican party began to condemn them for it, they forced God back into their documents, despite not having a majority consent to do so.

We must take the warning from President Lincoln’s proclamation. We did not grow America into a great nation by our own intelligence or our own efforts. God gave it to us and He is now in the process of taking it away from us. Although Bible prophecy shows that the nation will not turn around as it did in 1863 under the direction of President Lincoln, you as an individual can.

How grateful are you for what God has provided you this year? Despite all the tough times we are experiencing, America is still one of the best places to be on Earth—let’s thank God for the blessings He still allows us to have. Be sure to thank God on this Thanksgiving Day for all that He has done for you.

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24 thoughts on “Will You Give Thanks?

  1. When I read the speech from our greatest president who every lived, I am deeply humbled by his God-fearing attitude and it brought tears to my eyes knowing his attitude has long faded away from our once great nation. I am very grateful for partaking in Gods greatest blessings on any nation, but deeply saddened to see our nation divided.

  2. Mr Herbert W Armstrong believed that ingratitude was one of our worst faults. Thank you Mr Leap for this timely reminder about giving thanks to our great God for all the blessings in our lives including this website.
    Your article encourages us to praise and thank God much more, and more often.

  3. - Well written article=) **How grateful are you for what God has provided you this year?**

    - I’m thankful for the people I’ve met in my life because they all have had an effect on my actions and decision. Even though they all moved away which we no longer are able to hang out as a group as we used to, I very much will cherish those memories.

    - I’m thankful for the great love and mercy God has towards me, I’m stubborn and it amazes me that God still haven’t giving up on me. He shows me daily how his love and mercy is limitless

    - I’m thankful for the many people who God has brought to me, either for venting purposes or just someone to talk with for a short period of time . It’s because of this that I am able to try and exercising what I’ve learned from here & makes me very happy just knowing I’ve somehow helped.

    - And I’m thankful for the new things I’m continuously learning through here or thetrumpet.

  4. Thank you so much Mr. Leap. I pray that none need the reminders I’ve needed in order to get this very thing straight in my life. One year ago today I was essentially homeless, practically jobless and had no space to call my own. It’s amazing how little we actually “need” when we get right down to it. Learning to come to grips with that is the trick. I decided that when there wasn’t any money for groceries, God gave me more opportunities to fast. Strange how fasting can change life so quickly. Now I’m renting half a house in the country, have 2 jobs, sometimes even 3 and access to media I’ve NEVER experienced before in my life. The direction of God’s PCG is the most incredible, awe inspiring feeding I’ve ever come to know and I’m hoping beyond hope I’m returned home to experience the weekly services once again. I will NEVER give up for what ELSE is there that could even come CLOSE to what God gives through this beautiful vine of precious oil? May others like myself excel in this grand last few seconds of the last hour. Again, Thank God for the truth, thank God for you and all the spiritual wealth displayed from God’s Head Quarters! Pray for us, for we desperately need to be amongst you and SOON!
    My love goes to all of you, JSFCR

  5. Sometimes we take so much for granted. what is the greatest blessing of all. I think it would be to have the Holy Spirit & have meaning in life. Even if you don’t have a lot physically it is all going to pass away because we are to soon old & to late smart!

  6. As you pointed out, people are not interested in the history, lesson nor reason for a day of thanksgiving. Specially this national ‘holiday’ of Thanksgiving. It has become hard trying to unite everyone at the table for prayer let alone keeping everyone there to eat together.
    Looking forward to the Feast when all have been born into Family of God!
    Thanks for the article Mr Leap, totally agree!

  7. I hear more and more people calling it “Turkey Day” instead of Thanksgiving. That should tell you where their selfish hearts are.

  8. Once again I am reminded of God’s everlasting Mercy!! I am grateful that I am learning about God’s truth and why we as a nation REALLY need to turn back to God! One day our govt will be quite shocked about the real meaning of being Thankful!! I am Thankful for such godly wisdom in my recent endevours!!

  9. Thank you so much Mr. Leap and those who continue to keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive in our Families :-) and thank you for Gods perspective on repentance; Asseryia was the only nation as a whole who did repent. Mr. Abraham Lincoln and some other’s did fast and pray-what a great example among many that help us understand true humility and thankfully we are corrected by our Father who shows us the meaning of True Love throughout the ages. A question of mine is the calander marks the 22nd of November as Thanksgiving Day; but didn’t Mr. Lincoln note it as being the (last Thursday of November?) Would that be the 29th?

    “No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

    “It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning 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.”

    As to the quote above in your artical Sir.
    And also thank you for reminding us about the propaganda behind “Black Friday”! how sick and perverted our Nations are……….. Thankfully CHRIST will soon return and put an end to it all!. His love will stand forever more. Agape’

  10. “Although Bible prophecy shows that the nation will not turn around as it did in 1863 under the direction of President Lincoln, …”
    thanks for this article and insight.
    i always thought is was only ancient Nineveh who has repent nationwide, but after reaading this article and listen to KOD web exclusive on thanksgiving day, i realize that in modern day there has been a nation – manaseh in 1863- who have turn to God like ancient Nineveh. a wonderfull history US ,but also a great comfort that nations will turn so to soon when our Lord will be here.

    i did observe it with you-manaseh- in intent and principle because of the many nation-also suriname – who in the future will repent like you did(even deeper) under the King of Kings and Lord of lords.
    consider the glory of this history israel and trully thank the God of abraham , Isaac, Jacob .

  11. ” who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, nevertheless hath remembered mercy.”
    when the world finaly accepts the first part of that phrase, then they will truly understand the second part. then hopefully they will all repent.

  12. What a fantastic article! We need to thank God the Father for all the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. Thanks for the great reminder.

  13. “Despite all the tough times we are experiencing, America is still one of the best places to be on Earth—let’s thank God for the blessings He still allows us to have.” Amen.

  14. America’s blessings are given by God because of Abraham, the father of the faithful. And Abraham Lincoln was wise to give thanks back to God.

  15. I wonder if there are still children curious enough to ask their parents, “Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?” I also wonder what their parents answer them. Just wondering….

  16. God is so merciful and loving. We see this displayed in more ways than can be counted. Thank you for this reminder of what the true meaning of this day is. May we all be truly thankful today and every day for God’s love and bounty toward us all.

  17. A good, timely reminder. Thank you. Loved reading the quotes from President Lincoln. How refreshing to hear such humility coming from a national leader.

    • To echo the comment on quotes form President Lincoln, I do not recall ever actually hearing those quotes before. Their focused eloquence bespeaks of the intensity from a humble, comprehending mind with sweeping breadth and specific proofs. With leadership like that no nation need ever slide into the morass of today -which must always anger the righteous and loving God of Life against such self destruction.

  18. Wonderful article! Over the past few weeks we’ve all been seeing how Thanksgiving isn’t what it used to be, or should be! Some even have skipped right over Thanksgiving and gone straight into xmas. We have so much to be thankful for in these hard times and this article really puts it into perspective. Thanks again, Mr. Leap!

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