16 Nov Happy Thanksgiving!
Dear WA Community,
As we approach the week of Thanksgiving, may we treasure the time spent with family and reflect upon the many blessings that God has given to us. May our joy and thanksgiving not be swayed by headlines or happenings but be found in Christ so that we are known as a people of praise in all things.
We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with parents in raising up a generation whose faith and intellect are fused together to make an impact for the Kingdom. We are thankful for the many prayers and support for our school. We are thankful for our freedom in a nation with a rich Christian heritage—demonstrated in part by what we will celebrate next week.
The “First Thanksgiving” conjures up images of the pilgrims (who fled England in search of the freedom to worship God according to their conscience) and the Native Americans celebrating together. Later a “day of thanksgiving” was declared by the Continental Congress, followed by a proclamation by President George Washington. Thanksgiving, as we observe it today on the last Thursday of the month of November, was born out of a proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863—in the midst of the Civil War.
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. –President Abraham Lincoln
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Westminster Academy!
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. –1 Chronicles 16:34