We are the only nation that celebrates our holy day on a Thursday. As I listened to “They Saw our Day” by Lance Richardson of the American Family Institution I heard him talk about a specific quatrain of Nostradamus where he mentioned a nation that “will celebrate Thursday as his holiday.” Lance researched the other nations and could not find any other nation that celebrated on Thursday other than The United States of America. The quatrain continued saying that America will “bring trouble to” or come out conqueror against “the East” Europe, Asia and Africa. This idea of being the only nation that celebrates on a Thursday intrigued me, so, of course, I researched it.
I discovered that the Council in 1676 sent out a proclamation setting apart the 29th of June as a day of giving thanks. Then George Washington, as president, in 1789 wrote the “Proclamation. A National Thanksgiving … assigning Thursday the 26th of November to be devoted … to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” Then in 1863, Abraham Lincoln wrote the “1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation.” which states:
It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.
Whether or not Nostradamus’ prediction was about America and her Thursday holy day I believe God had his hand in selecting this day. How grateful I am for amazing national leaders that set apart a special day for us to gather as with one heart and one voice to give thanks and “supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions.”
May we as a nation remember the providence of God in our individual, family and national lives.