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November 19, 1973

Thanksgiving Day

JAMA. 1973;226(8):995. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230080137026

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It is not surprising that Thanksgiving Day originated with the Pilgrims who emigrated from Britain for religious reasons. They brought Puritanism in one of its purest forms to America. They proposed to worship God as they imagined the early Christians did, and, although they searched the New Testament with utmost ardor, they were not unmindful of the Old. Appropriate to their and our times of troubles are the Psalms.

PSALM 95. 

  1. O COME, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

  2. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

  3. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

  4. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.

  5. The sea is his, and he