“Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey His will and to be grateful for His benefits, and to humbly implore His protection and favor; and whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of 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 . . . ”
These were the words with which our First President, George Washington, began when he established our first Thanksgiving Day.
One can hardly imagine any President making such a declaration now. Too many would complain, or dismiss his words as being old-fashioned. And, thousands would be surprised that Prayer, not football, is the correct order of the day.
And yet, when we stop, even for a moment, to reflect, we are keenly aware of how fortunate we are to live in this great, free nation and how blessed we are to be able to eat, let alone stuff ourselves with turkey.
Surely, we can find a moment to thank Him and another minute to thank all those who have done so much for us. If nothing else, put the TV on mute and walk out into the yard and bow your head in gratitude.
I guarantee you the game and the family and the friends will look a lot better when you come back inside.
Rev. David Fischer is interim Minister at First Christian Church in Lexington