How is Thanksgiving traditionally celebrated in the United States? What are the origins of Thanksgiving and does it matter? Most importantly, what have the spiritual giants that have gone before us done to pass on Christian traditions to their kids and give them a vision of living for Christ?
Thanksgiving has amazing traditional foods, and wonderful family times. There is the traditional football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions. More importantly, however, is what the holiday represents. I had never heard of Abraham Lincoln’s proclamations concerning Thanksgiving, in the “public school” that I attended. Expository sermons provide broad principles ripe with opportunity to speak of our ancient landmarks. Every reformed baptist church should recognize that the roots of our country sink deeply into reformed theology. The black robe regiment of preachers in the mid 1700’s understood this.
Here is a sample of our nation’s Thanksgiving past (August 1861):
Proclamation, by the President of the United States of America.
Whereas a joint committee of both Houses of Congress has waited on the President of the United States, and requested him to recommend a day o public humiliation, prayer, and fasting, to be observed by the people of the United States with religious solemnities, and the offering of fervent supplications to Almighty God… I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do appoint the last Thursday in September net as a day of humiliation, prayer, and fasting for all the people of the nation… to the end that the united prayer of the nation may ascend to the throne of grace, and bring down plentiful blessings upon our own country.
There are many good churches in the Coolidge, Florence, and Casa Grande area. I pray that all of us will remember to speak of God’s providence in our country’s Thanksgiving history. We personally have so much to be thankful for. This is one of the foundational truths of biblical counseling (thankfulness). Providence and thankfulness, give mom and dad so much to talk about around the dinner table – while we enjoy some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes.
We will be discussing more of these opportunities during this season. Please come and join us in Coolidge, AZ. Here are some links to more material and easy downloads: