We are thankful!
The Thanksgiving holiday is fast upon us. It reminds me of special times with family and friends gathered together setting aside all of the busyness of the world and just sharing with one another. I remember back to my own early school days when we studied about the new world hardships and the beginning of America. My thoughts would conjure up images of Pilgrims, Native Americans, and sharing the plentiful feasts of harvest together.
Remember that the original Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony embarked on their journey to a new land in pursuit of religious freedom. In addition to giving thanks for the bountiful provisions, early Thanksgiving celebrations were a time to rejoice and give thanks to God for providing the opportunity to worship freely. The colonists gave thanks for their blessings by inviting the Native Americans to partake in their feast and prayer for three days.
On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln officially proclaimed that the last Thursday of November would be “a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” Although Abraham Lincoln was not the first, nor the last president to set an official date for Thanksgiving, his words capture the importance Americans placed on thanking God for the same blessings bestowed on the original colonists. He realized a republic without God’s providence would collapse into the chaos of hatred and selfishness.
Thanksgiving is a great time for families to come together and reaffirm their appreciation to their Creator for all that He has provided for them. As parents, we can instill within our children those morals that can capture their hearts for a lifetime of godly pursuits.
God has richly blessed us in America, and regardless of the societal changes and political infighting that seems to be the new daily rancor, we still have much to be thankful for. We live in a land that is free and full of opportunity, and we still have the choice to worship, free from persecution. Despite the challenges and difficulties we all face, we are truly blessed beyond measure, and are fortunate enough to be in a position to share our blessings with others.
All of us here at Open Door Christian Academy, are very grateful to the Lord for His gracious provision and leading. We are fortunate to be able to share truth, love and self-discipline with our students each day. We have been blessed beyond measure, which allows us to carry on the tradition set down by our forefathers to raise our students with the truth that only comes from Jesus Christ.
This Thanksgiving, as you sit down to begin your feast, please take some time to give thanks to the Lord for His blessings in your life.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1
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November 12 – Open House – 10a.m.
November 13 – Report Cards issued
November 13 – Pretzel Sale – $1.00
November 15 – Christmas Shoe boxes are due
November 16 – Deadline for Race for Education donations
November 22 – ODPA – Thanksgiving Feast
November 25-26 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 26-27 – Early Dismissal (no after-care)
November 28-29 – Thanksgiving break – no school