Minnesota Farmer

30 days: Giving thanks after the harvest
November 28, 2013, 8:15 am
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George Washington was the first president to proclaim a day of thanksgiving, issuing his request on October 3, 1789.  It wasn’t until President Abraham Lincoln set apart the last Thursday of November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise” that the U.S. had an official permanent Thanksgiving day.  During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving.  So on day 28 of our 30 day challenge we take time to give thanks.

538971_558244154239721_540770175_nThese are some of the folks that will be coming to our house to celebrate.  Family is foremost in my giving thanks.  There are so many other things to give thanks for.  I would like to leave you with the litany we used in church last night.

“Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.

For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth sky and sea.  We thank you, Lord.

For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ, We thank you, Lord.

For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends, We thank you, Lord.

For minds to think and hearts to love, and hands to serve, We thank you, Lord.

For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play, We thank you, Lord.

For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity, We thank you, Lord.

For all the valiant seekers after truth liberty and justice, We thank you, Lord.

For the communion of saints, in all times and places, We thank you, Lord.

Above all, we give thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in our Lord Jesus Christ; to Him be praise and glory, with You o Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever, Amen.

Almighty God our Father, your generous goodness comes to us new every day.  By the work of your Spirit lead us to acknowledge your goodness, give thanks for your benefits and serve you in willing obedience, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, Amen”

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


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Happy Thanksgiving Michael to you and your family. Canada celebrates Thanksgiving a month earlier than you in the United States, the second Monday in October. But last night was the first candle lighting for Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. So in a way this year we are celebrating your Thanksgiving because of the coincidence of the two dates which won’t happen again for many hundreds of years.

So once again, Happy Thanksgiving.


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