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Gratitude is more than listing things for which we are, or should be, thankful. It is an attitude combining thankfulness and humility from which flows verbal iteration of and intellectual reflection upon our blessings.
The barracks where Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsy were kept in the Nazi concentration camp Ravensbruck were terribly overcrowded and flea-infested. They had been able to miraculously smuggle a Bible into the camp, and in that Bible they had read that in all things they were to give thanks, and that God can use anything for good.
Whatever our challenges and disappointments, we give thanks to God for His many blessings and we remember that no matter our circumstances, God has provided the ultimate blessing in Jesus of Nazareth. For that gift and for that Savior, no amount of thanks is sufficient.
Although we tend to associate the modern holiday of Thanksgiving with the proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln on October 3, 1863, the first presidential proclamation declaring a day of Thanksgiving actually dates back to 1789 and was promulgated by our first president, George Washington.