THANKSGIVING 2013 EDITORIAL
written by Keylalah
Thanksgiving is once again upon us...the time for buying, preparing, and enjoying a luscious feast with family and friends.
I know that I submitted this last year, but it is an awesome way to explain Thanksgiving. Awesome in the manner that, in this day and age, we need to realize GOD is the center of our Thanks! Please read once more, and enjoy.
Have you ever wondered how Thanksgiving became a holiday on the third or fourth Thursday every November?
Cristean, our HA of Foxysden, is a history buff. Among his research, he found this very profound Proclamation...
( The first official presidential proclamation issued in the United States. )
George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation
Whereas it 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; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interposition's of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious 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 favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.
There are 16 times the Lord God is mentioned...Almighty God, He, His, Him, Lord, Ruler of Nations, Great, Glorious Being, Author...in this Proclamation for Thanksgiving to be celebrated in the USA every year! How can anyone say that this Nation was not conceived Under God!
Shortly after the Thanksgiving Proclamation was written, it was lost for 130 years. The original document was written in long hand by William Jackson, secretary to the President, and was then signed by George Washington. It was probably misplaced or mixed in with some private papers when the US capitol moved from New York to Washington, D.C. The original manuscript was not placed in the National Archives until 1921 when Dr. J. C. Fitzpatrick, assistant chief of the manuscripts division of the Library of Congress found the proclamation at an auction sale being held at an art gallery in New York. Dr Fitzpatrick purchased the document for $300.00 for the Library of Congress, in which it now resides. It was the first official presidential proclamation issued in the United States.
A Thanksgiving Blessing for Foxysden:
I BELEIVE THAT GOD GIVES US THE STRENGTH
WE NEED FOR THE THINGS IN OUR LIVES
THAT WE MUST ENDURE.
THAT NO MATTER HOW BAD IT SEEMS
THAT THERE IS SOMEONE WHO HAS IT WORSE
IF WE ASK FOR OTHERS AND NOT
OURSELVES THEN WE ARE TRUELY CHILDREN OF GOD
LOOK INTO THE WINDOW OF YOUR HEART IS IT PURE?
DO YOU LOVE YOUR FELLOW MAN NO MATTER WHAT?
I LOOKED INTO MY WINDOW THESE LAST FEW MONTHS
AND IM NOT ASHAMED AT WHAT I SAW.
FOR I DO NOT JUDGE OTHERS AND I DO SEE GOODNESS
EVEN IN THE ONES THAT ARE FALSE THERE IS GOODNESS THERE
I DONT ENVY OR FEEL SUPERIOR I STATE WHAT I AM AND
WHAT I FEEL WITHOUT SHAME
FOR TO BE PROUD OF YOURSELF IS NOT VANITY
ITS BEING PROUD OF WHAT GOD MADE YOU
IF A PERSON IS HAPPY WITH HIS OR HER LIFE THEN THEY
ARE FULL FILLING THE ONE THING GOD ASKS OF US TO
LOOK INTO THAT WINDOW IS IT CLEAR OR IS IT CLOUDED
FOR EVERYTIME YOU DECEIVE AND HARBOR A FALSE FEELING
THAT WINDOW GETS CLOUDED
AND SOON YOU CAN'T SEE THE SUNLIGHT FOR THE DARK
NESS OF THAT WINDOW
WE HAVE HAD TIMES OF WISHING HARM TO
OTHERS CAUSE OF THE DEEDS THEY HAVE DONE AND THESE
DEEDS ARE TERRIBLE
BUT IS THIS WHAT GOD WANTS US TO DO TO DARKEN OUR
HEARTS AND OUR WINDOW I DON'T THINK SO HE WOULD
BE FORGIVEN AND FEEL SORROW FOR BOTH THE HARMED
AND THE ONE WHO CAUSED IT
HE WOULD WANT US TO STAND ABOVE IT AND LOOK OUT
OUR WINDOW WITH CLARITY AND FORGIVENESS
HARD AS IT MAY BE AT TIMES TO FORGIVE AND TURN THE
OTHER CHEEK THIS IS WHAT GOD WOULD WANT
FOR THE HATRED AND THE MEANESS IS JUST CLOUDING OUR
WINDOW AND SOON THERE WILL BE NO SUNLIGHT
SO YES MY WINDOW IS CLEAR AND THE SUNLIGHT SHINES BRIGHT
I BEAR NO GRUDGES OR REGRETS I STAND TALL IN MY BELEIFS I'M
NOT ASHAMED OF MY THOUGHTS OR ASHAMED TO SPEAK IN
I DON'T SHUN OR HIDE FROM WHAT I AM OR WHAT I BELEIVE
I DON'T JUDGE OTHERS FOR WHAT THEY ARE OR DO BECAUSE
IT'S NOT MY PLACE THIS IS GOD'S JOB NOT YOURS OR MINE
SO MY FOXY FRIENDS TAKE THIS TIME TO
START ANEW IF YOUR WINDOW IS CLOUDY OR EVEN DARK START
CLEARING IT TODAY AND SOON THE SUN WILL BE SO BRIGHT
THAT YOU TO WILL NOT SEE ANY CLOUDS
AMEN AND BLESS GOD
I am so very grateful, thankful and appreciate each and every one of you. God has placed us together for a reason. We are placed in each other's lives for a season, no matter how long or how short, for that reason.
I have been so blessed in so many ways by so many of you!
I am so thankful for every morning that I wake from the night to start a new day. I give thanks to the Lord for a new start and ask Him to lead and guide my thoughts and my footsteps and to allow me to speak only what He places on my lips to speak, that I might be a blessing to all that I talk to throughout the day. I ask Him for wisdom and the knowledge to use that wisdom wisely for His Glory.
I am thankful for the faith I have in God and for a very special person who has helped me get back up on my feet and continue forward toward the mark!
I am very thankful for God's mercy, grace, and everlasting love!
I am thankful for my health, my home, my children, grandchildren, and my pets. Such an abundance of love radiates from their smiles, their hugs, and their "I love you" that comes from their hearts.
Hanukka, also known as Chanukah, is a Jewish holiday called the Festival of Lights observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.
The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest.
The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for use, as using the Hanukkah lights themselves is forbidden.
Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.
This year, 2013, Hanukkah will be celebrated from sunset November 27th through December 5th.
We would like to wish the Jewish members of Foxysden a very happy and joyous HANUKKAH!
Cris, I and Joe would like to wish each and every one of you a safe, restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving Day!
God Bless you abundantly!