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|Perhaps Thanksgiving should be called 'Thank God Day'|
What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving? Most people will say something about family and food. These things are great in their own way, but they are not the main point of Thanksgiving. Maybe we would be better off if we called it "Thank God Day."
A little background might help. Our Thanksgiving tradition started with the Pilgrims' three-day festival in December of 1621. The whole country celebrated its first Day of Thanksgiving to God after a proclamation by President George Washington in 1789. But by the 1820's the Thanksgiving tradition was being forgotten (a lot like today). More and more people ignored the holiday. That's when Sarah Hale took up the cause. Author Laurie Anderson tells Sarah's story in the children's book, "Thank You Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving."
Sarah Hale was an unlikely champion for Thanksgiving because she was well acquainted with hardship. Born in 1788, Sarah was the daughter of a disabled veteran from the Revolutionary War. She helped support her family by teaching school.
For the rest of Rev. Crandall's Thanksgiving message, see Page 1A of this week's Citizen.
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Rev. Rick Crandall is the pastor at McClendon Baptist Church in West Monroe.