Tag: Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks to God

At least a couple of times a year we find this miracle (Luke 17:11-19) with which we are so familiar. We know that it is about the need for showing gratitude for what Jesus does in our life and about His desire to be thanked by us. However, if we...

Why the Pilgrims Abandoned Common Ownership

Next year at this time, Americans will mark the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower in 1620 and the subsequent founding of the Plymouth colony by English Puritans we know as the Pilgrims. They, of course, became the mothers and fathers...

A Hymn of Thanksgiving

Lutheran pastor Martin Rinckart, served in a German town named Eilenburg that became a refuge for military and political fugitives during the Thirty Years War. Eilenburg became overcrowded with refugees who were victims of famine, and victims of the...

A Thanksgiving Proclamation

Washington, D.C.October 3, 1863 By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so...

God Alone is Owed Our Thanksgiving

In antiquity, the only measure that could be adopted to curtail leprosy and prevent contamination was the creation of boundaries similar to other boundaries that figure prominently in the Bible. Here are the most well-known: No impure foods must...

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Special days of thanksgiving existed in earlier cultures, including Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and ancient Jewish, yet we Americans are more familiar with the ones that occurred several hundred years ago in Florida, Virginia, and most notably Plymouth...

Thanks Givers

In 1774—two years before our nation’s founding—a famous American woman was born in New York City; twenty years later she married another well-known New Yorker. Both were Episcopalians, the religion to which many prominent, upper-class Americans...

Thanksgiving, Equality, and Our History

Giving thanks is a fundamental practice in Christianity, including the Catholic Church, and other religions. Ecumenical expressions of gratitude characterize American history. They include the legendary autumn feast held by the Pilgrim settlers in...