Quoted below is a portion:
“But no other nation has closely so interwoven with its history, no other nation today is called upon its ruler or its chief executive to set apart one day for thanksgiving, no other nation feasts annually on roast turkey and pumpkin pie.” (source: St. Paul Globe)
Further, in the article, the St. Paul Globe wrote an account of “The First Thanksgiving Day”:
The Thanksgiving Tree:
True to form, in the same newspaper account of Thanksgiving, they included a three stanza partial poem written by Harriet Prescott Spofford, Author, which appeared fully in Harper’s Young People, Vol II, Part 1, Harper & Bros, Publisher, January 1, 1889:
Giving thanksgiving onto the Lord is a freewill sacrifice. Thank Him for all His marvelous works in your lives and those that you love. He loves to hear from His people, that He is recognized for His involvement in our lives:
- And when you offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord, offer it of your own free will. (Lev 22:29)
- Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings and singing, with cymbals and stringed instruments and harps. (Neh 12:27)
- For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chiefs of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. (Neh 12:46)
- That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works. (Psalm 26:7)
- I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving. (Psalm 69:30)
(scripture(s) source: NKJV)
Thanksgiving: A Peculiar Holiday:
The Christian Holy Bible (the King James Version) refers to God’s people a peculiar people including Israel for his peculiar treasure, making Thanksgiving a Peculiar Holiday (holiday is formed from the root word holy day onto the Lord).
- For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth. (Deut 14:2 KJV)
- For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure. (Psalm 135:4 KJV)
- But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; (1 Peter 2:9 KJV)
As I reread the article, The First Thanksgiving Day, I note that the pilgrims had royalty at their table, a King, precisely “their greatest King Massasoyt” who came with 90 men (natives). This was no small celebration, this was a large feast because they celebrated for three days.
I “see” prophetic scenes unfolding: the King (Christ Jesus) and His disciples (His followers), feasting at His table for three days (the three-day crucifixion)!
The Thanksgiving Tree is the carefully crafted Holy Wooden Cross, heavily laden with His bounty waiting to share it with His chosen people–a peculiar people.
Come, you’re invited to attend the greatest feast in Heaven with King Jesus Christ–come sup at His table–RSVP asap!
Our nation is deeply rooted in giving thanks onto the Lord. The early Plymouth settlers were Christians who recognized God’s involvement to provide for them and they were thankful and created a feast to express their attitude of thankfulness, including sharing their feast with the local natives.
Our forefathers like George Washington, set aside a National Day of observance to celebrate Thanksgiving Day onto the Lord.
Certainly, we don’t wait until only Thanksgiving Day to give thanks. When we worship, enter His gates with thanksgiving any day of the week or any moment we entertain the Lord in prayer, be grateful for what He has done and will do if we ask in His name and bless His name:
- Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (Psalm 100:4 NKJV)
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have a great day with the greatest of the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, next to you!