Happy Thanksgiving!

by Amod Joshi on November 13, 2012

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Happy Thanksgiving

Here is some inspirational thoughts in spirit of Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving has its footprint in the history way back in the 16th century, when the thanksgiving feast celebrations were held by the Pilgrims after a successful harvesting season. But the Thanksgiving, as we know it today was hashed during the Civil War in 1863 by the President, Abraham Lincoln.

In his proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln mentions, how in spite of the War, America still reported a growth in the population, high yielding fields, mines and ores. As these were the gifts of the Almighty, he urged all the Americans to come together and solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged these gifts, while remembering those who suffered losses in the Civil War.

The core essence of the Thanksgiving is not just be grateful to what we have today, but to go beyond and praise the Almighty, God or Source for creating such astonishing things that surround us.

Read this extract from the book – “Working with the Laws” by Raymond Holliwell, where he tells the true essence of the Thanksgiving service is to praise, even if we are surrounded by adversity.

Each year we have a Thanksgiving service, and many think it is for us to express our gratitude for the year past … Such a service should not be a REVIEW, it should be a PREVIEW. That is, a true Thanksgiving service should be an expression of our faith, not in the past, but in the present and in the future to come. When one can sing praises in the face of adversity, the adversity will soon disappear. That is not a promise; that is a Law. Learn to render praise, to be thankful for the good at hand, and you will have found the magic lamp of Spirit. This attitude of mind not only brings forth our desires but it also generates our confidence, strengthens our faith, and builds up an assurance for the things to come. Thus to be able to praise when things appear the darkest will invariably force the sunshine through.” – Raymond Holliwell in Working with the Laws

Also, here is the proclamation of the President Abraham Lincoln. Although this was written in the backdrop of the Civil War, you can just replace it by our current challenges like – natural disasters – from Tsunami to the recent Sandy, and the man-made Economic crises and Recession. Read this and fill your heart with gratitude and praises for everything that we have and adversity will disappear.

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 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 cannot 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 unequalled 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 theatre of military conflict; while that theatre 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 defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had 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 battle-field; 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 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 it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility 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 third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.” Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863.

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