Written by Doug Wagner | Executive Director
The holiday we know as Thanksgiving began as a harvest festival, with the pilgrims and the Native Americans thanking God for meeting one of the most basic of needs—adequate food to get through the winter. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation 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.” After listing numerous ways in which the country had been blessed, he went on to say, “No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God.”
Thanksgiving is an occasion to recognize the Lord’s blessings in our lives and to be a grateful people. In his letter to the Church at Ephesus, the Apostle Paul writes that we should be, “giving thanks always and for everything to God, the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” What a wonderful way for us to live—grateful for everything, because we know from whose hand we’ve received it.
We are grateful for our many volunteers, donors and prayer partners who make it possible for Fellowship House to be a beacon of hope, sharing the love of Christ in South Camden. We are grateful for children whose lives have changed for the better because they have a second home at Fellowship House. We are grateful for the adults whose lives have been changed for the better because they’ve had their needs met at Fellowship House. We are grateful for the children and adults whose lives will never be the same because they’ve accepted Jesus into their hearts.
All of us at Fellowship House wish you and all your loved ones a safe, happy and grateful Thanksgiving!