James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, wrote in his 1815 Thanksgiving Day proclamation:

No people ought to feel greater obligations to celebrate the goodness of (God) the Great Disposer of Events… than the people of the United States…He protected and cherished them under all the difficulties and trials to which they were exposed in their early days…And to the same Divine Author of Every Good and Perfect Gift we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed in this favored land.

President Madison noted that we should feel obligated to celebrate because of all the good things that we enjoy. He also noted where all of those good things came from…God. He alludes to the bible, specifically James 1:17, that says: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…

This Thanksgiving holiday let’s be sure and have our own proclamation, giving thanks to the Father for every good thing.

Scott Sanford

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