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Friday, October 6, 2017

First Thanksgiving in North America

Is the Thanksgiving we celebrate in Canada a holiday or a Holy Day? I think some atheists might not like the answer as they enjoy the day off and dig into their dinner this Monday: On January 31st, 1957, Canadian Parliament announced that on the second Monday in October, Thanksgiving would be "a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed." But the observation of giving thanks to God goes back to that first celebration initiated by the Martin Frobisher in 1578.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.                                                                        - Colossians 3:15-17 (ESV)

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