Giving Thanks

prayer of thanks
Thanksgiving is one of the most beloved holidays in America. But did you know that unlike other secular holidays like Labor Day or the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving is a national holiday that is explicitly religious in nature?
In 1789, in his first year in office, President George Washington called for a day of Thanksgiving because —

“it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”

In 1815, President James Madison issued a proclamation for “a day of thanksgiving and of devout acknowledgments to Almighty God for His great goodness.” After Madison, however, Thanksgiving reverted to a regional celebration in New England for 48 years.
In 1863, magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale petitioned the Lincoln administration that “a day of Thanksgiving now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution.”
President Abraham Lincoln called on Americans that year to “fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore if, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.”
The United States of America is one of only ten countries that set aside a day to give thanks. In so doing, our forefathers displayed not only virtue, recognizing God’s bounty, but also practical wisdom. We now know, from scientific research, that gratitude, not money, is the key to being happy and healthy. Research shows that happy people tend to:

  • express gratitude on a regular basis;
  • practice being optimistic;
  • engage in frequent acts of kindness;
  • savor joyful events; and
  • practice forgiveness.

We of the Fellowship of the Minds want to take this occasion to thank all our readers and especially our faithful regular commenters who contribute so much to this blog with their intelligence, trenchant observation, righteous outrage, and wit.
God bless you, and may God have mercy on America,

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The Isaiah 53:5 Project

Good post. I like how you mention that gratitude is the key to happiness and personal experience shows me that is indeed true.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


Indeed, and ditto to The Isaiah 53:5 Project.
After Christ, Isaiah is my favourite, as he is the next best poet in the Bible.
As I near 73, I’ve come to find gratitude is the best way to get through our life.


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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


A Blessed Thanksgiving to you and all of your readers. We, as a Nation, and as individuals, have much to be thankful for. Unfortunately, we have forgotten to acknowledge from whence it came. We’ve allowed sloth and avarice to reign over us and continue to demand ever more from those who enable us rather than dirty our hands. Our Father is admonishing his us, his children, by sending us those whom are worse than we – and example of pure greed and evil – to humble us. It’s time to remember how we got here and what we have lest… Read more »


Perfect. Thank you.


Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
LOL – Don’t eat too much, because with every bite you are wrecking the planet.


A very happy Thanksgiving to all!

Steven Broiles

A Happy Thanksgiving to all. I slept all day and will go out and drive. It’s expected to be slow until Sunday. I will do my best without overdoing it.
We have to be grateful, and we have to find a way to insulate ourselves from the cynicism and negativity of the world. The madness that has descended upon America WILL END.


And I just love the turkey hiding under the lampshade. 🙂


What lampshade?
What turkey?
You mean the one in the White House?