It’s been 394 years since the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in America when the Pilgrims invited their Native American benefactors and neighbors to join them in feasting and giving thanks to God for a good harvest which would feed them through the coming winter. In 1789, George Washington issued the first National Thanksgiving Proclamation. He admonished his fellow citizens to be grateful for the success of the revolution and the establishment of the Constitution.
In the midst of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national Thanksgiving Day. He entreated all Americans to “ask God to commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.”
As we now are in the midst of recent terrorist attacks and strife throughout the world, it would be well to remember once again Lincoln’s words. So while feasting, recreating and relaxing during this Thanksgiving holiday, let us pause and in our own way ask God to bless and comfort those who mourn and suffer because of recent acts of terror. In addition, let us further ask for divine help in healing the wounds of this world. That is my wish to all for this Thanksgiving Day 2015