Thanking God for His Many Blessings!
During the Thanksgiving season we must pause and give thanks to the Lord for all His Blessings, both personal and National. He created this Nation, drawing Christian brethren to establish a "City on a Hill". He has given us our unbelievably exceptional Constitution and form of Government. He has sustained us during grave trials (e.g., the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, Slavery and the associated evils, World Wars I & II, etc.)
Now we face another time of peril. How will we respond? Let us hearken back to Ronald Reagan's 1986 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation:
"One of the most inspiring portrayals of American history is that of George Washington on his knees in the snow at Valley Forge. That moving image personifies and testifies to our Founders’ dependence upon Divine Providence during the darkest hours of our Revolutionary struggle. It was then - when our mettle as a Nation was tested most severely - that the Sovereign and Judge of nations heard our plea and came to our assistance in the form of aid from France. Thereupon General Washington immediately called for a special day of thanksgiving among his troops.
"In his Thanksgiving day Proclamation, President Washington exhorted the people of the United States to observe 'a day of public thanksgiving and prayer' so that they might acknowledge 'with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God'"
As President Reagan said, "Give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good" (Psalm 106:1). He has been GOOD to us and we must respond with song*, praise and Prayer. We must join our Brother George in remembering:
"[I]t 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."
* "With joy and gratitude in our hearts, let us sing this stirring song:
"O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed His grace on thee."
NOTE: The Capitol Hill Prayer Alert will close next week in observance of the
Thanksgiving holiday; we will resume Nov 29th.