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Chaplain’s Corner: Giving Thanks

    By Rev. Dale Burke. November 10, 2015 - 6:44 pm

Thanksgiving_grace_1942Interesting surprise! A recent study at the University of Michigan confirmed something that many people of faith and countless others have known for a long time—living with an attitude of gratitude for our many blessings carries with it many other benefits. The study indicates that showing gratitude regularly can help you be healthier, happier, and better equipped to deal with stress. Is this your experience?

Our Founding Fathers knew something about Thanksgiving. The first official Thanksgiving Proclamation made in America was issued by the Continental Congress in 1777. However, it was President Abraham Lincoln who declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday as a “prayerful day of Thanksgiving” on the last Thursday in November. Since then every U.S. President has always made an official Thanksgiving Proclamation on behalf of the nation.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt set the date for Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday of November in 1939 (approved by Congress in 1941). It is a day to pause and give thanks to our Creator for the abundance of blessings and opportunities that are ours. It is so easy in our busy culture to become so self-absorbed that we forget the real source of all good things. We get the day off, we gather family and friends together to share turkey, and hopefully we are all brought closer to one another.

I’m excited to see that the SGA is sponsoring a Thanksgiving lunch at Café Julia again this season for all those that would like to experience a traditional American Thanksgiving meal. It all happens on Thursday, Nov. 26, and the lunch will be preceded by a simple half-hour inter-denominational service of Thanksgiving prior to the meal at 11:00 a.m. This is a terrific way to kick off the holiday festivities as we prepare for Christmas.

Come join us as we pause to give thanks to our Creator with an attitude of gratitude!

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