A Thanksgiving Day Devotion

The election is over. Our candidates did their best, but too many of us did not vote for the best among them. So we will now have to live with the results, and so we will receive the opportunity to learn from our foolishness.

Some among us will complain that they are not to blame. They will say they did vote for the best candidate, and perhaps God will not hold them accountable. Nevertheless, so long as we keep electing big spending crony capitalists who preach the “gospel” of Socialism, we will all suffer more and more as time passes. Therefore, whether we voted for the right candidates or not, we will all have ample opportunity to learn from our foolishness.

What should we learn first? We should learn to rejoice, pray, be thankful.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 English Standard Version (ESV)

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Settled In Heaven Blog

SIH STSTA ICONIt is commonly believed that the first Thanksgiving celebration took place in 1621.  This feast was attended by both Pilgrims and Indians who joined together to thank God for their bountiful harvest of the previous year.  This celebration was continued by the first American colonies, and later by the United States, as a time of thanksgiving for the blessings that God had bestowed upon the American people.

The official Thanksgiving Day holiday was started in 1863 when Abraham Lincoln, at the end of the Civil War, asked Americans to set aside the last Thursday of November as a day of thanksgiving to God for the blessings He had shown to America (one of which was an end to the Civil War).

In 1939 FDR moved the holiday to the prior week.  He did this to help businesses by giving them a longer holiday shopping period.  Finally, in 1941 the fourth…

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5 thoughts on “A Thanksgiving Day Devotion

  1. I’m pleased you found my question was clear and requires no explanation. Sometimes, it seems as though we have trouble communicating. At least this time we’re on the same wave length. But I would be interested in your response. I was picking up on your sentence that started: “Whether we voted for the right candidates or not . . . .” and the earlier comment that ” . . . too many of us did not vote for the best among them. . . .” It caused me to wonder whether there are people, at least in any significant numbers, who would conceded that they did not vote for the best candidate.


    1. If your question is clear and requires no explanation, why insist upon an explanation? You can easily answer it yourself. It is obviously rhetorical.

      When my statement is clear and requires no further explanation, I see no reason to explain further. Will you understand any better? No.


  2. Perhaps my favorite cite from Scripture. It has the advantage of being authentically Pauline, to the extent scholarship can ascertain these things. Hence it pre-dates the Synoptic Gospels, and is one of the roughly half-dozen books of the New Testament where we can identify with specificity the author.

    By the way, don’t you think that virtually everyone voted for the “right” candidates? Do you think that anyone would tell you, at least this close to the election, that he voted for the “wrong” candidate?


    1. Glad you enjoyed the quotation from scripture. As to your question… when it does not need any explanation, it is hard to improve upon any statement with an explanation.


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