Good Folks, it is Friday, November 16, 2018. Only six days until Thanksgiving Day. From Wikipedia on Thanksgiving…
Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, with a proclamation by George Washington after a request by Congress. Thomas Jefferson chose not to observe the holiday, and its celebration was intermittent until the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, when Thanksgiving became a federal holiday in 1863, during the American Civil War. Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Fatherwho dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall/winter holiday season in the U.S.
My brothers could be better at remembering our Thanksgiving celebrations and meals in the Alegria household. I do remember turkey meat, pumpkin and pecan pies. Cornbread stuffing and brown gravy was always available. There was lots of family, extended members and non-family just showing up. Bellies were filled. Conversations aplenty.
Thanksgiving Day was one of the rare days that my father closed the fish market; however, it was short lived. Friday came too quickly at 8:00A.M.
The Apostle Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica these words of love, admonition, encouragement, and thanksgiving and more…
And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-22
Have a great Thanksgiving. Celebrate responsibly.
See you in church on Sunday.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)