Thanksgiving Day is the national holiday in the United States commemorating the Pilgrim’s celebration of the good harvest reaped in the Plymouth Colony in 1621. The first national Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed by President George Washington for November 26, 1789. President Abraham Lincoln revived the custom in 1863. In 1941 the US Congress decreed that Thanksgiving should fall on the fourth Thursday of November. The customary turkey dinner is a reminder of the four wild turkeys served at the Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving feast.
MAN’S ESSENCE AND EXISTENCE – THE IDEA OF THANKSGIVING:
The idea of giving thanks to God is associated with the fact of celebrating the success of a bountiful harvest. Man expresses joy and happiness for success in his physical and mental endeavors. The success is often measured by the gain in material prosperity, social position and public acclaim. The desire for success is often driven by ambition, a craving for a desired object called success. It gives the impression that man would be forced to experience pain, misery, sorrow, and despair if he encounters failure in his physical and mental work. I have examined the reality or the truth that establishes man’s biological existence in the physical world. Man may try his very best to define the purpose of his mortal existence or his Essence in terms of his physical and mental output. Man is conditioned to think that his experience of joy and happiness in life is a simple product of his physical and mental work. In my opinion, man is conditioned by Fear, a fear of failure in the outcome of his struggle for Existence. When properly examined, it could be stated that human existence has a basis which primarily involves what may be called Divine Grace, Mercy, and Compassion that is described as Providence. Human Existence shows the characteristics of a design, or plan to achieve a desired goal or objective. For man need not struggle to keep his existence, there is no need to fear and man has no reason to strive to avoid failure in life. When the expectation about failure is emptied from the mind, man liberates himself from thoughts of fear. In the absence of fear, and in the absence of the expectation of failure, man finds the experience of a living condition that is characterized by Peace, Harmony, and Tranquility. Without the experience of peace, harmony, and tranquility in the living condition, there will be no true, or real joy and happiness in life. The Freedom from Fear, the lack of concern about an outcome that could be called Failure gives the man a true ability to give Thanks to God for His benevolent guidance. Today, in giving Thanks to God, I want to proclaim my Victory over Fear, the Fear of Failure in my life.
I would like to extend my best wishes to all of my readers and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving Day.