Thanksgiving is here, and I thought it might be interesting to remember what some other people thought about thankfulness. Some people who sort of got the whole thing started.
The very first Thanksgiving proclamation was written in 1676 by the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts. They declared “…a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such his Goodness and Favour, many Particulars of which mercy might be Instanced…that being perswaded by the mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies and soulds as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ.”
President George Washington proclaimed the first Thanksgiving in the new United States in 1789. He said, “That we may then all unite in rendering unto [God] our sincere and humble thanks for his kind care and protection of the people of this country…for the civil and religioius liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; –and in general, for all the great and various favours which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.” This one is short, and well worth your time to read in its entirety.
And finally, in 1863, the proclamation of Abraham Lincoln, which officially sets aside the last Thursday of November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.”
We do have so very much to be thankful for.