Happy Thanksgiving Holiday
Thomas Jefferson, the third president, felt that public demonstrations of piety to a higher power, like that celebrated at Thanksgiving, were inappropriate in a nation based in part on the separation of church and state. Subsequent presidents agreed with him. In fact, no official Thanksgiving proclamation was issued by any president between 1815 and the day Lincoln took the opportunity to thank the Union Army and God for a shift in the country's fortunes on this day in 1863.
The fourth Thursday of November remained the annual day of Thanksgiving from 1863 until 1939. Then, at the tail-end of the Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, hoping to boost the economy by providing shoppers and merchants a few extra days to conduct business between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, moved Thanksgiving to November's third Thursday. In 1941, however, Roosevelt bowed to Congress' insistence that the fourth Thursday of November be re-set permanently, without alteration, as the official Thanksgiving holiday.
Lord, a joyful, thankful heart,
I bring to Thanksgiving table
a soul forever grateful
for all that, You are able.
when from Your Word I reap
the full bounty of Your grace
in Your kindness I do steep.
Your tender mercies overflow
Your love fills me to the brim
Your compassion in me grows.
bless me with even more
You fulfill my every dream
with promises of life ~ evermore.
a soul full of hope and gratitude
for all You’ve done along the way!