During this 2018 Thanksgiving season, we give thanks to God for each of you. We also pray for you and for our nation, that our God will bind up our wounds
and unify our great nation with love for one another.
Thanksgiving: More than a day of gratitude, a day of prayer
On Thursday, America will gather around the dinner table to celebrate Thanksgiving.
For those familiar with the holiday’s historical roots, the day invokes the spirit of gratitude the pilgrims of Plymouth, Massachusetts and the Wampanoag people displayed when they celebrated “The First Thanksgiving” in 1621. Families across America go around the table following the popular hymn’s instruction, “Count your blessings, name them one by one.”
Yet most of us miss one of the original purposes of Thanksgiving: observing a day of penitent prayer for America.