Posted by: kulanjiyil | May 5, 2008


         Just before the schools were closed for Thanksgiving holiday this year, I asked some of my students what they thought the significance of the holiday was. A majority of them did not know what it was for. A few thought it was purely a secular holiday, while others expressed the notion that it was mostly a time to thank one’s family and friends. There were still others who did not care what it was all about.
         According to Ravi Zacharias, a well known modern Christian apologist, ignorance (lack of knowledge) and apathy (indifference) characterize the overriding attitude of the present day generation in North America to religion. There is a prevailing tendency to close their eyes to the religious and spiritual roots of the American society.
        When Abraham Lincoln made his Thanksgiving Day proclamation on October 3, 1863 he was clearly calling the American people to acknowledge God as the source of all their blessings and material prosperity. This is what he so expressively stated:

“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…No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most 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 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.”



















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