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2016 Thanksgiving and politics

English: Elias Cornelius Boudinot (1835 – 1890)
English: Elias Cornelius Boudinot (1835 – 1890) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2016 Thanksgiving day should not only be a day for saying thanks for everything we get, but should also be a day when we contemplate and seriously think about the way how we are showing are thankfulness to God to others in the world.

New Jersey Congressman, president of the Continental Congress, director of the U.S. Mint and American Bible Society\’s first president Elias Boudinot is one of the forgotten founding fathers of the New World. In part Americans should be thankful also to him for having that American national holiday Thanksgiving.

Rooted in a passion for God’s Word Elias Boudinot declared before the U.S. House of Representatives that prayer and thanks were due to God for America’s existence. According to the Annals of Congress, Boudinot stated that he

“could not think of letting the session pass over without offering an opportunity to all the citizens of the United States of joining with one voice in returning to Almighty God their sincere thanks for the many blessings he had poured down upon them.”

Although many members of the House dismissed his proposal, Boudinot stuck by it. Almost two weeks later, President George Washington warmed to the idea.
On October 3, 1789, Washington distributed a Thanksgiving Proclamation to the Governors of the States, calling for the

\”institution of a national day of prayer and thanksgiving”

 and for

“Thursday, the 26th day of November…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.”

In Scriptures thankfulness is prominent and rabbi Jeshua asked his followers to show their gratitude to the Most High Divine Creator. One way of showing such gratitude was by not being afraid to use the Almighty God His Divine Name (Jehovah) and by letting the world know how God wants them to come close to Him and recognise Him as their heavenly Father.

Jesus asked to

“live in union with him…build your lives on him…and be filled with thanksgiving\” (Colossians 2:7). Thanksgiving should accompany “everything you do and say” (Colossians 3:17).

Though we may find it sometimes very difficult to live in this world, the Apostle Paul asked us to

\”Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances\” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Yes, in all circumstances … also in times when we do have it not easy, or when we do have much pain. Being troubled with certain illnesses can bring lots of pains to endure every day. Do know in the Word of God, the bible you may find strength and you shall be able to find the strength to conquer that pain.

Living in this world, not being of it, we also should feel thankfulness not just as one of multiple good qualities that believers should have, but a core impulse of human worship. In Romans 1, where Paul describes the depravity of the Gentiles, he first establishes the idea that God’s nature can be seen in creation, and so humans have no excuse.

“They know God, but they do not give him the honor that belongs to him, nor do they thank him” (Romans 1:21).

Today lots of people do not give honour to the Divine Creator, and do not want to know about The God of gods.

Do you know Him? Do you give Him the full respect?

God has blessed us with all the things around us and with the life we do have. We should know He provided the Way to Him, by means of His only begotten beloved son, who was willing to offer himself for us. How much do we want to give to God? Are we willing to do His Will, like Jesus did His Will? Are we willing to recognise His grace and to respond with a thank-You?

Do we want to show our thankfulness to God in the way we live and in the way we go about with others? Are you as such aware that your sayings, your way of voting or choosing for someone, shows your attitude to life but also your attitude to the universe of the Divine Creator.


Additional reading

  1. Words of God to stand and to be followed and to believe
  2. A Start for looking at the unseen and the treasure to look forward to
  3. True God giving His Word for getting wisdom
  4. Being thankful
  5. As Christ’s slaves doing the Will of God in gratitude
  6. Be vigilant with a view to prayers
  7. Be sound in mind and be vigilant with a view to prayers
  8. Praying and acts of meditation without ceasing
  9. Give thanks to יהוה! For He is good, For His kindness is everlasting
  10. Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
  11. Let them thank the Lord for …
  12. Give thanks to the One Who gave much
  13. Give Thanks To God
  14. Thanksgiving wisdom: Why gratitude is good for your health
  15. By counting our blessings we not only feel good, but we multiply our good
  16. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #1 Listening Sovereign Maker
  17. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #8 Prayer #6 Communication and manifestation
  18. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition
  19. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #15 Exposition before the Creator
  20. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #16 Benefits of praying
  21. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  22. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name
  23. Bring praise to the Creator
  24. Praise Jehovah, ​You people
  25. A Meaningful Thanksgivukkah
  26. Hanukkahgiving or Thanksgivvukah
  27. A Meaningful Thanksgivukkah
  28. Thanksgivukkah and Advent
  29. Continuing Paul’s Prayer Requests
  30. My God
  31. The Proper Place of Excess
  32. Stopped Breathing
  33. Give your worries to God
  34. Only the contrite self, sick of its pretensions, can find salvation
  35. He who kneels before God can stand before anyone!
  36. If your difficulties are longstanding, try kneeling
  37. Life in gratitude opens glory of God
  38. A Living Faith #6 Sacrifice
  39. A gift of 86,400 seconds
  40. Thanking God by thinking of people


Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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