Psalm 107:1, 8-9 (ESV)
1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
8 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
9 For he satisfies the longing soul,
and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
As we look at Thanksgiving here are some fun facts:
Pounds of turkey consumed by the typical American: 13.8
Pounds of expected U.S. cranberry production: 735
Dollar amount (in millions) of Thanksgiving weekend movie box office earnings: 275
Percentage increase in the volume of household waste between Thanksgiving and New Years: 25
Time in minutes it takes to make Stove Top Stuffing: 30
Number of pounds the average person puts on between Thanksgiving and Christmas: 1
The value (in billions) of the turkeys shipped: 3.6
Number of cities in U.S. named “Turkey”: 3
Number of years the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade was suspended during WWII: 2
Cubic feet of helium needed to inflate the Jimmy Neutron balloon in Macy’s parade: 12,300
Number of days the first Thanksgiving celebration lasted: 3
The First National Thanksgiving Proclamation
Whereas, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; Whereas, both the houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me
"to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness!"
Now therefore, I do recommend next, to be devoted by the people of the states to the service of that great and glorious being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be, that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country.
Dear Lord, we are thankful for all You do for us. We are thankful for all that You have provided for us. Help us to not only be thankful on this one day but throughout the year also. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.