Especially in times of turmoil it is necessary to reach out and grasp our faith in God, to count our blessings, and to give Him thanks for what He has given us.
Our world is in turmoil. Read the news on any given day, and it is rare to find something inspiring. In April, 2023, the Pew Research Center published the results of a survey which revealed that 2⁄3 of the American public are pessimistic about the future in every category (economy, security, unity, etc.). Notice, that was before the current conflict in Israel and the accompanying civil unrest we are experiencing now.
Turning from the news headlines, we look at our calendars. In just a couple short weeks, the United States will be celebrating our national holiday of Thanksgiving.
A juxtaposition! It seems unimaginable that we would be asked to carve out a day to be thankful for things when everything around us seems to be falling apart.
Perhaps, then, it is time to stop, take a deep breath, look backwards, and regain some perspective…
It was the autumn of 1864. The United States was engulfed in its Civil War, the bloody conflict that would claim the lives of over 600,000 people. Neighbors took up arms against neighbors, and, sometimes, even family members against family members. It was a dark time for our country, arguably among the darkest days we have ever experienced.
President Abraham Lincoln bore the burden of the war on his soul daily. In the midst of his inner turmoil, he reached out and took hold of his Judeo-Christian faith, a faith that told him that God was still good and worthy of our thanksgiving for His many blessings – even (especially!) those that are easily hidden by the fog of war.
Thus, on October 20 of that year, President Lincoln penned the following proclamation:
“Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may then be, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe. And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the Great Disposer of Events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased Him to assign as a dwelling place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.”
Aspiring to develop a grateful heart even when our circumstances look bleak is an important part of that Judeo-Christian faith heritage that built and sustained our nation. So, in the midst of our current circumstances, perhaps it is a good thing for us to dig deep and, like Lincoln, grasp again that faith for ourselves.
Perhaps by returning to our roots.
There are over 100 passages in the Bible that talk about giving thanks. If we survey them, we can detect five broad themes that may help us develop “an attitude of gratitude”:
Usually, a blog post is supposed to function as a part of the company’s overall marketing strategy. This time, however, we wanted to give you something: Perspective. We truly do have much to be thankful for, both as individuals and as a nation. And we believe, as Abraham Lincoln did, that it is good and right for us to take the time to offer up genuine thanksgiving to God for those blessings that He has given to us. And along with our thanks, to offer up our prayers for the restoration of peace, for the healing of our wounds, and for a continuation of those blessings of liberty and prosperity that we have enjoyed in this great country of ours.
So, from all of us at Carefree Kitchens, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
We give thanks to God for our customers!
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