Thanksgiving Explained – We Hold Ourselves to a Higher Power

Thanksgiving Explained – We Hold Ourselves to a Higher Power


Lincoln Memorial Washington DCEvery wonder where the Thanksgiving holiday came from?  After 45 short years of life, I have to admit that I did not know.  But this year, the knowledge of Thanksgiving’s origin recharged my soul, knowing that its origins stemmed from humility and gratitude for God’s abundance.

In an excellent Wall Street Journal editorial, ‘Lincoln and a Wartime Thanksgiving’, Stephen McLean explains that in the midst of the Civil War of the United States, President Lincoln was “concerned with the soul of his nation.”   On March 30, 1862, prior to the end of the Civil War, Lincoln shared his gratitude to God, “calling for a national day of “Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer.”  In Lincoln’s words:

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.

“We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

“Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

A year later, the Civil war was over.

Picture of Saints on Orthodox Icons for Orthodox Christian Network

We Hold Ourselves to a Higher Standard

At the Orthodox Christian Network, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity.

Our Board supports the Orthodox Christian Network financially, is not paid, not reimbursed, nor does it do any business with our organization and never will.

Our Leadership & Board of Directors are resound in our commitment to:

To read, ‘Lincoln and a Wartime Thanksgiving’ on the Wall Street Journal web site, click here.

I invite you to learn why we are great stewards of your gifts.  Will you join us in sharing the Good News by donating 10 cents a Day?

In Christ,

-Nick T. Mavrick

Chairman, The Orthodox Christian Network

By Nick Mavrick

You can find Nick Mavrick on Google+

About author

Nick Mavrick

Nick Mavrick served on the OCN Board of Directors. The OCN Board consists of volunteers, who are also donors, and are passionate about giving back to the Orthodox Church. We welcome other volunteers to join us.