Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the blessings that we have received.
Why should we give thanks?
If we do give thanks, then what would some of the reasons be that we should have for having grateful hearts?
Here are few suggested reasons of why we should give thanks during this Thanksgiving Holiday Season.
Coincidentally, Thanksgiving Day is also the official beginning of the Hanukah (“the Festival of Lights or Feast of Dedication which is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple”) and Christmas (the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ of whom His disciples believe is the promised Messiah of Israel) seasons:
- We should give thanks because of the wonderful manner in which the early colonists were led to emigrate from Europe and come to this great land of tremendous freedom and possibilities.
- We should give thanks that an Indian named Squanto – who was kidnapped by pirates and forcibly taken from his America homeland and who later escaped to London, England – was divinely sent ahead of the Colonists (please confer with Genesis 37-50 and the story of Joseph the Patriarch) who came to emigrated to Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620.
- Squanto taught the colonists how to plant seed, avoid poisonous plants, catch fish, and survive harsh winters.
- We should give thanks to the foresight of the first Colonial Governor of Massachusetts William Bradford for inaugurating the first Thanksgiving celebration in America.
- Bradford’s desire was that he and his colleagues celebrate the goodness of GOD and enjoy peace with their Native-American Indian friends and allies (most notably the Wampanoag Indians and their chief Massasoit).
- We should give thanks for the foresight of the American Statesmen who passed the Northwest Ordinances in 1787; these ordinances led to the strategic planning for the future growth, westward expansion, and development of the newly formed United States.
- We should be thankful that our “Founding Fathers” were men and women (including Abigail Adams) of tremendous erudition who were well schooled and learned in the areas of History, Philosophy, and Theology.
- Some of the towering figures of history that our “Founding Fathers” greatly admired were figures such as Moses, Jesus Christ, the Greek historian Polybius (referred to in The Federalist Papers) and the great Roman orator Cicero.
- We should be thankful that our original American Statesmen had the vision to give us “a Republican form of government” as opposed to a pure democracy.
Democracies are too excitable and they often degenerate into what historically are called “OCHLOCRACY or “crowd-rule” – Or sadly what is known as rule and intimidation by the mob!!!
We should be thankful for the “Morrill Land-Grant Acts” of 1862 and 1890 which allowed for the creation and expansion of our State University, Common Schools, and flagship University school system
Finally, we should be proud and “thankful” to Pilgrim Founders for writing the following words in The Mayflower Compact of (1620). The Mayflower Compact was the “first governing document of the American colonies:
In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread[not fear, but honor and respect] Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, defender of the Faith, etc.
Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.
In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, 1620.
Thank GOD for such a great country… Amen and Amen and Amen and Amen!