Monday, November 22, 2021

Daily Devotion: Thanksgiving Proclamation

Bible Reading:  Psalm 148

Key Verse: Verse 1 – “Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.”

Key Words: Praise ye the LORD

The Psalmist David is now drawing to the end of his earthly life.  All of his days are now filled with praise and thanksgiving as he looks back over his days upon this earth, and he remembers the many blessings of God.

As we draw near to the day we designate as Thanksgiving – a day when we remember the blessings of God and hopefully thank Him for those many blessings, I am reminded of the First National Thanksgiving Proclamation, which reads as follows:

“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; Whereas, both the 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 next, to be devoted by the people of the 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.”

~George Washington, 1779

I trust that today and everyday we will remember the blessings of God, and be thankful for them.

What to do:
✞ Ask each family member to name one thing and one person they are thankful for, and why they are thankful.

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