Wednesday, November 25, 2009

To Whom Do We Give Thanks?

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Newt Gingrich put out a meaningful email this morning and I thought it would inspire you as it did me.

Faith & Freedom would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

To Whom Do We Give Thanks?
By Newt Gingrich

On the south side of the Rotunda in the United States Capitol Building is a painting titled "The Embarkation of the Pilgrims."

The painting depicts the deck of the ship as it departs from Holland for the New World in 1620. Look, and you will see that the pilgrims are praying. A rainbow rises on the left side of the painting, symbolizing hope and divine protection.

The faith in God that the pilgrims exhibited on embarkation from the old world became thankfulness to the same God on disembarkation in the New World.

This is the origin of the day of Thanksgiving we celebrate this week. We give thanks, not merely to one another, or to some undefined spiritual force, but to God.

It doesn't mean we're all Christians. It means we're Americans; lucky citizens of a nation uniquely rooted in faith in our Creator.

Tomorrow We Give Thanks to the God of Washington and Lincoln

To whom will we give thanks tomorrow?

To the God whom George Washington, in the first national Thanksgiving Day proclamation in 1789, called on all Americans to "unite to render unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection."

To the God to whom Abraham Lincoln looked in the midst of the Civil War as he made Thanksgiving an annual national holiday in 1863:

"No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy."

Tomorrow we give thanks to the Creator who is the source of our sovereignty.

We pause in gratitude to He who has endowed us with the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

And just as no government has granted these rights, no government can legitimately take them away.

This is the freedom the pilgrims prayed for, Washington fought for and Lincoln stood for.

As important as it is to give thanks tomorrow is to remember, as Americans have before us, to whom we give thanks.

May you and your family have a happy, healthy and blessed Thanksgiving.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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  1. "May you and your family have a happy, healthy and blessed Thanksgiving"

    Yes indeed, to all who read this Happy Thanksgiving. have to work but I love the left overs !

    God Be with you and yours.


  2. I have something to give thanks for this year - the passage of Referendum 71.

    Seattle, WA

  3. During this time when I have less than I had in the past, I've found myself to be more thankful than when I had more.

    I wonder if it's been the same for others. If when we have less and are more thankful, then in the scales we have gained the more, for our thanks goes up to God above where he keeps in store
    such blessings as we have received
    and given back to him, though perhaps belated, yet treasured up they are, and so we look ahead to the day when as the rain decends by grace, we shall receive for our blessed needs, and for remembrance of his holy name.

  4. "Tomorrow We Give Thanks to the God of Washington and Lincoln"

    To clarify - I will be giving thanks to the God of Jesus Christ - who bought my salvation with the blood of his Son. My focus will be on the Kingdom of His Son alone.

    "lucky citizens"
    Perhaps - depending on whether you have food to eat, a roof over your head and health care available for you and your children - not so lucky when you and your children are on the street - because you lost your home and income through an economic or medical catastrophe and simply have no resources....

    I am thankful that at the present I fit the former category - I will be thankful (God willing) if I am in the latter category if it is His will to work His plan.

    "a nation uniquely rooted in faith in our Creator. "

    Gary is of course mixing up those immigrants who came here for religious purposes and founded European colonies with the actual founding of the nation of the United State of America which was done via the constitution and is not one whit rooted in any theology. Rather as the text specifically states

    "We, the people...."

    America is a nation founded solely in its citizens. I pray to God that such a nation reaches its fulfillment through the healing and enlightenment of its citizens to love mercy and do justice.

    Happy Thanksgiving,
    The Faithful Opposition - and Supporter of a Genuine American Thanksgiving

  5. "During this time when I have less than I had in the past, I've found myself to be more thankful than when I had more."

    Anom I would perhaps suggest that is because you have come closer to the Lord. The closer we get I think the things of the world and how the world measures success become less important. People tend to think the middle class and poor in this country is having a war set upon them , but if you think about it just a geneartaion ago a cell phone cost thousands of dollars . I know homeless men and women who own cell phones now. Cars when new were for the only very rich, because of corporations and such and mass production people buy them so much cheapered compared to what the average person pays in actually hours worked it takes to buy one . TVs are normal for even those on welfare, our country has been belssed , even the poor compared to the kids I support through Compassion in third world countries. A great chrarity by the way . I see a new conscienceness coming to help those without by the church , those without homes , without hope ,

    God bless , your words of thankfulness were a blessing to many here .



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