Vol: 38 Issue: 25 Thursday, November 25, 2004
On this Thanksgiving Day, we in America have much to be thankful for. As an individual, I have much to be thankful for.
Thanksgiving is a day set aside in America to dwell on our blessings, and on the One who grants them.
In the first place, I am thankful that there is such a place on the earth as the United States of America. There has never been a country like it. America truly is the land of opportunity.
Take Arnold Schwartzeneggar, for example.
He arrived in America as an almost penniless Austrian immigrant. Today, he is known the world over and is worth billions.
After an implausible acting career, despite his almost unintelligible accent, he is now the governor of California. There is even talk of amending the Constitution so he could run for president. Only in America.
Thanksgiving is a uniquely American concept. Other countries have their own Thanksgiving Day, (Canada, for example) but the idea of setting aside one day on a national basis to rejoice before the Lord in gratitude for His blessings is uniquely American.
George Washington proclaimed the first day of Thanksgiving in 1789 to celebrate its new Constitution. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed in 1863 that the last Thursday of November would be a national Day of Thanksgiving.
Over the next seventy-five years, Presidents followed Lincoln’s precedent, annually declaring a national Thanksgiving Day. Then, in 1941, Congress permanently established the fourth Thursday of each November as a national holiday.
I am thankful that America is still a free country. I am thankful that it gave me shelter. I am thankful that America is uniquely hated by the world BECAUSE it is a Christian country.
“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the Word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.” (John 15:19-20)
There is much to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day, 2004.
I am thankful that John Kerry isn’t the President of the United States. I am thankful for the tongue-in-cheek map of the US that shows the Red States as ‘JesusLand’.
I am thankful that America still produces the kind of citizens who willingly put themselves in harm’s way so that others might be free.
I am thankful that freedom is America’s legacy to the world, and thankful we have a President who views individual freedom as a gift from God guaranteed by America, rather than one who views America as the grantor of freedom.
I am thankful that God chose to let me live through this pivotal time in human history. I am thankful for the Word of God. And that I am blessed to be an eyewitness to its fulfillment in this generation.
I am thankful that I can worship Him in freedom and that the ACLU has not been able to separate God from America, despite its best efforts to do so.
I am thankful that, despite the snares of this world, America is still a Christian country. I am thankful that America is Israel’s best friend and protector.
I am thankful for my family, our continued good health, and I am thankful that God allowed me to see my grandchildren. I praise God that my children turned out to be the kind of people that they are.
I am thankful to God for His gift of grace through faith, and I am thankful that my children are all saved. I am thankful that God called me to the ministry, and I am thankful that He continues to sustain me for His work.
I am thankful for the Presence of the Comforter, and for His sustaining power that keeps us all going despite the best efforts of the enemy to steal our victory.
I am thankful for the members of our fellowship from other countries where being faithful is not as easy as it is in America. I am thankful for your perseverance in the face of obstacles we in America don’t fully appreciate.
I am thankful that we have a more sure word of prophecy that proves beyond doubt that what appears to be chaos and anarchy to the lost is, to us, evidence that God remains on the Throne and that the seeming chaos is evidence of the fulfillment of a carefully defined Divine Plan.
And I am thankful for each of you. You are such a blessing to me that words cannot adequately express the depth of my gratitude for your prayers and for your fellowship.
May God richly bless us all in the coming year, if the Lord chooses to tarry that long. And may we continue to praise Him and give Him thanks and make every day our own, personal Thanksgiving Day.
Until He comes.