Happy Thanksgiving


In the mist of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, issued a proclamation establishing the last Thursday of the month of November as an annual Thanksgiving Day. It was his profound sense of religiosity that made him realize that in the middle of such tragedy man and woman should always look up to God and be thankful, for a grateful heart is always humble, full of mercy and strength. This not only helped unite the nation, as the rally around a National holiday, but also reminded everyone that we owed all of our freedoms and our very existence to the Creator.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for the many life blessings, those that are joyful and those that are disguised in hardship. They all are a gift of grace from God Almighty.

God bless y’all and Happy Thanksgiving!

Lincoln Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863
By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. 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, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they 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 next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

5 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving”

  1. It is my turn to say sorry Caleb, I missed your message too, it was a good message and very True, we must never stop giving thanks, we have so much to be thankful for.

    But what really talked to me at this time was when you shared that…. It was his profound sense of religiosity that made him realize that in the middle of such tragedy man and woman should always look up to God and be thankful, for a grateful heart is always humble, full of mercy and strength, Thank you this it touched my heart although being humble does not mean we don’t stand up for God’s Truth or correct error but we do so in Love and for Love, believing in a lie is dangerous.

    Christian Love Always – Anne.

    1. Oh dear Anne, you are most welcome! I completely agree with you than being humble does not mean becoming a door mat and that we are also call to give correction with love when necessary. I think part of being humble means knowing your limitations as well as your talents and the fact that all the gift that we have come from God.



  2. Yes I know that reality Caleb very well, with being Dyslexic it means I can’t write fluently but I do with Blogging and even some personal e-mails, it just flows and the Scriptures too and yet I can’t sit and write a letter unless also led , like with my Poems and messages to friends, yes I’m a cracked vessel but thankfully God is the Super Glue and what He fixes does not come unstuck.

    Blessings – Anne

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