When starting to write this holiday-themed Bible Study, I Googled “Myra Adams Thanksgiving” to refresh my memory of prior Turkey Day op-eds with (honestly) the intention of “stealing” some thoughts or quotes. Seriously, how many times can one reinvent the “real” meaning of Thanksgiving when Divine concepts and the holiday’s biblical basis remain static and well-documented?
Besides, stealing thoughts or quotes from holidays past is not specified as contravening one of the Ten Commandments – “You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15).
Hence, let’s begin with the “Father of Our Country” George Washington, who also fathered the Thanksgiving holiday. As you read his brief proclamation dated Oct. 3, 1789, notice how Washington incorporated reverence, obedience, recognition, and praise for “Almighty God.” Remember when Washington wrote this proclamation, the U.S. government, under its new Constitution, was only seven months old. This was an underlying reason why he offered “a day of thanksgiving and prayer” acknowledging God’s role in that bold endeavor. The proclamation reads:
“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to