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Thanksgiving to whom?

Last Tuesday, my boss's boss said to us workers:  "I thank you for all that you do."  Thus, for him, thanksgiving was a day to thank his workers.  When you type in "thanksgiving" and "Indian," the first Google search returns http://www.caffeinedestiny.com/tigiving.html.  On this website we read:  " At the end of their first year, the Puritans held a "harvest feast" celebrating the fruits of their farming efforts. The feast honored Squanto and their friends, the Wampanoag Indians. The feast was followed by three days of "thanksgiving" celebrating their good fortune."
    This is some great revisionist history.  What really happened is described to us in a letter from Edward Winslow:  "Our corn [i.e. wheat] did prove well, and God be praised, we had a good increase of Indian corn, and our barley indifferent good, but our peas not worth the gathering, for we feared they were too late sown.  They came up very well, and blossomed, but the sun parched them in the blossom.  Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors.  They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week.  At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others.  And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty."
Note the following differences:
1.)  Winslow states emphatically "Praise be to God" not "Praise be to Squanto."  In fact, Squanto is not even mentioned by name.
2.)  Winslow and his countrymen were Pilgrims, not Puritans.
3.)  Winslow never mentions "good fortune."  He specifically mentions the "goodness of God."

So the question to you dear reader, is to whom do you give thanks?  Yourself for being such a good guy?  to your boss for providing work or to your workers?  Or to God, from Whom all blessings flow?

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Please take time to read what Abraham Lincoln has written.  It is an excellent read, and thought provoking.  He writes "They [prosperity despite the War] are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy."  Do we believe that our nation has sinned?

     The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever -watchful providence of Almighty God.
     In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
    No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things.  They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.  It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably
engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the
nation and to restore if, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full
enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union. 
    In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington, this 3d day of October A.D. 1863, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN

NOTE: Abraham Lincoln issued Thanksgiving Proclamations in the spring of 1862 and the spring of 1863; both proclamations gave thanks for victories in battle. Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation in the autumn of 1863 - the second Thanksgiving Proclamation in that year - gave thanks for the general blessings of the year. This second 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation, the first in the unbroken string of annual Thanksgiving proclamations, is regarded as the true beginning of the national Thanksgiving holiday. (Pilgrim Hall Museum)

Veterans Day

Today we celebrate Veterans Day or Armistice Day.  On the 11 November 18 the war to end all wars concluded.   Over eight million soldiers died (http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/FWWdeaths.htm).  But the war to end all wars did not end the wars.  Wars continued year after year.  Another World War, and still more deaths. Then there was the Korean War, the Vietnam war, Desert Storm I and II, etc.  Just yesterday the country of Sudan bombed a refugee camp in the newly formed country of South Sudan.  The Taliban mortars US forces and continues to plant improvised explosive devices.
Two take-aways -
1.  The wars and rumors of war confirm that Jesus is coming.  In Matthew 24: 4-8 we read:  "Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.  For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.  You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of birth pains."
2.   The war to end all wars will not happen with earthly forces.  In Revelation 19:11-20 we read:  I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice he judges and wages war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.   He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.  The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.  Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.  On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:   KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. . . Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army.  But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur."
Thus, the LORD Jesus Christ will in the last day defeat Satan and conquer him.  Only when Satan is defeated and cast into the lake of burning sulfur will true and everlasting peace reign.  President Woodrow Wilson was naive when he thought he could bring peace on earth.  Only Jesus Christ can do that.