This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving, where the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans celebrated the successful corn harvest.
Though days of thanks have been celebrated in many different ways in the years since, it wasn't until 1863, under President Abraham Lincoln, that it became recognized as a national holiday.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because we get to focus on counting our blessings and giving some real thought to the many ways in which God has blessed us.
I hope that you too are able to spend some time today counting your blessings and giving thanks. It does us all good to remember how fortunate we are to live in this beautiful country. We are all truly blessed.