In the United States, we live in time when some people would like to remove every connection between God and country. I find it reassuring to look back and see that our early American leaders clearly saw God as the source of the American bounty.
George Washington proclaimed November 26, 1789, for our first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration. Read his proclamation here.
Even though Thanksgiving is a government sanctioned holiday, it is rooted in religious and cultural traditions. Almost all religions of the world have ceremonies of thanks to God. Many other countries also designate a specific day of the year as their day of thanks.
Even if we are suffering through illnesses, pains of all types and grief due to the death of loved ones and friends, if we just take a moment this day to wipe away any tears that we might have, we can see through our pain that there is still so much for which we should thank God.
God has indeed given us a wonderful world and we have so much to be thankful for. God has showered us with His gifts, beginning with the gift of life itself. And Thanksgiving Day is the right time to be consciously aware of our blessings.
To all who listen to us on the podcast, read our blogs and experience the Compass Bible studies, we offer our heartfelt thanks! To our donors and volunteers we are especially thankful for you!
We wish each and every one of you a happy and blessed day as we offer thanks together to our God.
Happy Thanksgiving from The Compass Catholic team!
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:6-8