Every year, there is a day within a week and extending to a month-long period designated for glad tidings meant to be extended to friends and relations and especially the less privileged members of the society. Indeed, the Thanksgiving period opens the joyousness of the season from late November and extending through the Yule-tide to the end of outgoing year into the New Year Day. There is no gainsaying that the happy landing in America of the first pilgrims in 1621 gave birth to heartfelt thanksgiving.
The annual thanksgiving as it is to this day was by proclamation of the revered President Abraham Lincoln. He established the thanksgiving holiday to take place on fourth Thursday of every year since 1863. As a devout christian, he appreciated the awesome grace of God that kept the United States together as one and indivisible country. President Abraham Lincoln described the day as “A national day of thanksgiving and praise to beneficient Father who dwells in the Heavens”.
We have to develop a frame of mind that resonates with the founding Fathers. In other words we need to count much on the spiritual significance of Thanksgiving and not just wining and dining.
Be strong in the Lord to be able to achieve your avowed intention.
For all believers, our Lord Jesus is our spiritual looking-glass self concerning the way he had to undergo many-a-lot of harrowing experiences from conception to birth, post birth situations up to how he went to the cross, the grave and eventually to the sky. In spite of all odds, He accomplished his mission on earth. His immaculate conception was hard for Joseph the carpenter, the would be earthly father, to accept his betrothed Mary. King Herod out of jealousy sought to kill him. Matthew 1: 18-25. The devil tempted Him after His baptism Matt. 4:1-11; 27: 24 to the end; Luke 23. The most painful of the ordeals was Judas Iscariot’s betrayal to the High Priest and the Elders. The case of Brutus to Caesar was a child’s play concerning the person of our Lord and Savior. Jesus was not discouraged and did not chicken out of the divine race He ran and won by being able to return to sit at the right hand of God the Father in heaven.
Failures and near successes did not make Abraham Lincoln despondent . He eventually became one of the most revered presidents of the United States. Nelson Mandela remained uncompromising in his demand for freedom and abolition of apartheid. He endured twenty-seven years of incarceration but lastly went from prison to the Presidency of free South Africa. Steve Biko died in prison but succeeded in winning a place in the history of South Africa.The German heroic recovery from the ruins of the second World War showed that they buried despondency along with the losses Nazi German rulers inflicted on the good people of Germany. Today the German currency, indeed the economy, has been described as the strongest within the European Union economy. Over half a century ago, the Rapid Result College had this quotation on her correspondence tutorial booklets: “Do not for one repulse forego the purpose you resolve to effect”. It was a powerful inspiration to those aspirants in pursuit of quality education for better life.
In the present age, we often hear people say “an opportunity once lost can never be regained”. It is believed to be for scaring people away from having “a second chance”. As for ardent seekers, Jesus assured his disciples thus: “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”. Matthew 19: 26b (NKJV). Steadfast love of the Lord is always available to be appropriated by the seekers when things are going awry. Secondly, the risen Christ yanked Saul out of his wickedness and transformed him into a life-saver for eternity.
Life today is replete with success coming from second chance. Legendary Abraham Lincoln became US President after so many failed attempts at the presidency. In education there are so many remedial programs in place to help those who missed the first chance. Ford Motors after the bail-out is now doing fine. God loves humanity as a matter of course but does not close the window of asking for ones needs, second chance not withstanding. This is a prelude to the event concerning ‘Road to Damascus’.