“God is great, God is good, God we thank you for this food.” Do you remember praying this prayer? I, like many of you grew up saying this little prayer. I was blessed to have parents who taught this to me from a very young age. To this day it is difficult for me to eat if I haven’t thanked God for what I am about to receive.
November, a very special month where we are called upon to think about what we are grateful for. George Washington declared, this special day, the 4th Thursday of this month especially set aside for public thanksgiving. On October 3, 1789, George Washington issued his Thanksgiving proclamation, designating for “the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving” to be held on “Thursday the 26th day of November,” 1789, marking the first national celebration of a holiday we all participate in each year with family and friends.
Grateful for His Benefits
He stated, “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…”. This is so amazing to me. Our first president set the stage for our country to set aside a day to celebrate God’s goodness and to pray for Gods protection and favor.
However, many credit President Abraham Lincoln for declaring Thanksgiving a federal holiday in 1863 during the American Civil War. He called it a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Again we are to thank God and celebrate His goodness.
The Bible also states in Psalms 100:4: “Enter into His gates with Thanksgiving and into His courts with praise! Be thankful unto Him and praise His name!”
Grateful for His Favor
I have the privilege of being the Founder and Director of Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Living, Inc. Chrysalis houses women who are coming out of incarceration, addiction, homelessness and abuse who are transitioning back into our community. Every year we have a huge Thanksgiving dinner where family and friends of Chrysalis not only share a meal, but the things that we are thankful for. This time we spend together is one of my favorite! I wish you could see the smiles of joy as each one shares the gratitude they have for what God has done for each of them. When we allow God to step into our lives, he loves to transform our circumstances and our hearts. Examples of their thanksgiving statements are:
- My Family has re-united
- I became manager at my job
- I was able to forgive my abuser
- I am just thankful for people who give to Chrysalis to support us, and they don’t even know us.
- I am thankful for a warm bed, and a staff who loves us and encourages us and who sees our possibilities.
- I am learning to forgive myself.
Chrysalis gives thanksgiving and praise to the one who dwells in the heavens. We are grateful! As I write, I am sending my hope that each of you reading this will have been reminded of our heritage! It’s wonderful to live where freedom reigns and we are able to celebrate Gods goodness, benefits and favor for us. Please remember the unfortunate who need a warm meal this Thanksgiving and especially the women we assist. Your support allows us to continue our work and helps us change lives- Happy Thanksgiving!Connect with us: