Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7


Dear Friends,

As you know, Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 23.

Many people view Thanksgiving as a religious holiday. While it certainly has strong religious elements, the holiday is a national holiday set up by the United States Government.

Most Americans date Thanksgiving back to the Pilgrims in Massachusetts. That event occurred in October of 1621. The feast lasted three days and was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims.

Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789. President George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide Thanksgiving celebration to be November 26, 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God."

President Abraham Lincoln started our modern Thanksgiving holiday by presidential proclamation in 1863. President Lincoln proclaimed the date to be the final Thursday in November. Until 1939, presidential proclamation declared Thanksgiving to be celebrated on that same Thursday.

But in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt broke with this tradition. That year, November had five Thursdays. President Roosevelt declared the fourth Thursday as Thanksgiving rather than the fifth or last Thursday. President Roosevelt hoped that with the country still in the Depression, an earlier Thanksgiving would give merchants a longer period to sell goods before Christmas, helping bring the country out of the Depression.

In 1941, both houses of the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution fixing the fourth Thursday as the date for Thanksgiving beginning in 1942. On December 26, 1941, President Roosevelt signed this bill, for the first time making the date of Thanksgiving a matter of federal law and fixing the day as the fourth Thursday of November.

As the late Paul Harvey used to say, “No you know the rest of the story.”

Have a blessed Thanksgiving


Ricky Adams


Peace Lutheran Church

Mill Valley, California