Happy Thanksgiving to our faithful readers. As we celebrate Thanksgiving with our family this year, we pass the peace of Christ on to you this season, praying for God to bless you and your family.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, remembering that as members of the same body you are called to live in harmony, and never forget to be thankful for what God has done for you.” Colossians 3:13 (Phillips)
It seems like we (Americans) live in discord instead of harmony. I find it interesting that Hollywood has released the movie Lincoln on November 9th, three days after a bitter national election that pitted two sides who are as far apart as the North and South were during the civil war.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that there would be a national Day of Thanks on the last Thursday of November. In 1863, that day occurred one week following his delivery of the now infamous Gettysburg Address. President Lincoln’s wisdom was evident when he also proclaimed:
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
In his 1861 inaugural speech, President Lincoln said:
“Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this favored land are still competent to adjust in the best way all our present difficulty.”
What will bring harmony to America? It is my belief and opinion that we must return to the foundation of our freedom. That foundation is based in God. Jesus said it best when He said,
“If you are faithful to what I have said, you are truly my disciples. And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free!” John 8:31-32 (Phillips)
So as we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, let us be thankful for what God has done for us. Let us ask God to restore harmony in our nation. Let us ask God to show us how we can pray for our leaders.