Editor, Gazette:

Though the start of the holiday is controversial, the reason for Thanksgiving has not changed; it is a day to thank God of His bountiful blessings and if we do not take a stand, Thanksgiving Day will soon be forgotten. Each year as the Black Friday sales are moved earlier into the day on Thanksgiving the day is rushed, and the reverence of the holiday fades away.

The ads for Black Friday make it more evident of the situation at hand. The times that the sales start seem to become earlier and earlier. The sales no longer are on Black Friday, but rather on the evening of Thanksgiving. Rather than a time of reverence and giving thanks, the day is rushed through in hopes of getting the best of deals. Taking the eyes off gratefulness and putting it onto want and desire.

As an American I have taken an allegiance to this nation’s great flag, in that oath it is stated that we are a nation under God. The precedence for Thanksgiving is set on this very standard, as a nation that relies on God, we are to thank Him for His providence and blessings in our lives and nation. George Washington stated that as a nation we should “acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor”. This was said as he put into motion the first day of thanksgiving that was to be observed by the entire nation.

This was the basis by which the holiday that we celebrate today was established. “To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.” This is part of the speech that Abraham Lincoln gave as he declared a day of Thanksgiving for all the nation to give thanks for God’s goodness to us all.

As the day has passed, I challenge you to look at the way the holiday was celebrated in your house. Did you take the time to reflect on what God has done for our nation to keep us as a free nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all?

Derek Seeley


Contact Elizabeth Coyle at ecoyle@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 105.

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