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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

The First Thanksgiving Proclamation

Thanksgiving is a big deal in my family. We have so much to be thankful for, beginning with our Savior's love and grace, as well as living in the freest and most blessed nation in the history of the world. It saddens me to see how in so many ways our contemporary culture has devalued this holiday and emptied Thanksgiving of its enduring meaning.

It is instructive to read the first Thanksgiving proclamation, issued June 20, 1676, by the Charlestown, Massachusetts, town council. It reminds us of much, but especially that America was literally wrested from a wilderness, first by a wandering people despised in their homeland for their faith and successively by other often despised people coming from all over the world seeking liberty, opportunity and a future for their kids.

What has been created in American history is nothing less than amazing, astounding. My continual prayer is that my conservative friends will never take America's future for granted and that my liberal friends will rediscover and cherish the beacon of hope that America truly is for the rest of the world.

Thanks to the good folks at Publius Press and The Federalist Patriot, you can read that Charlestown proclamation here. Have a wonderful holiday. I will return to blog anew next Monday, Nov. 29.