Wednesday, November 25, 2009

DMoG, Day Twenty-five

I'm taking a breather from my book. Instead, I'm joining all of you, I'm sure, in making preparations for tomorrow's feast and celebration of Thanksgiving.

The following is the official declaration from Abraham Lincoln that the country set aside a day for expressing personal and national gratitude, as well as seeking forgiveness for our transgressions, as a people and as a nation. How beautiful, how encouraging would it be, to hear such things from our current leaders.

Pray for them all, and be thankful that we live in a country which was founded on such noble and divine principles. Have a wonderful, reflective, gratitude-filled day tomorrow.


Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation
Washington, DC—October 3, 1863
Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.

The year that is drawing toward 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 can not 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 theater of military conflict, while that theater 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 defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well as the iron and coal as of our 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 battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness 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 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 imposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, 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 3d day of October, A.D. 1863, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

Abraham Lincoln


The Garden of Egan said...

Amen DeNae.
Thanks for posting that. Such a great reminder.

Teri said...

Thank you so much. Perfect for setting the right tone for tomorrow and always.

JennyMac said...

AMEN! What a great post DeNae!

Kristina P. said...

Great post! Amber said she gets to hang out with you this weekend. I hope you guys have an awesome Thanksgiving.

aunt dyanne said...

Very Nice - I haven't read that since in school...something that should be reviewed every year. Also peaks my curiosity as to how those of our friends that choose not acknowledge God, and his hand in all that we should be grateful for...celebrate Thanksgiving....? My heart is full for them also. I am grateful for so many things, especially to my Heavenly Father for blessings of life, motherhood and free agency. Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and all your followers!

L.T. Elliot said...

One of history's finest men. Thank you for sharing this with us. I have a great love for Abraham Lincoln.
I also have a great love for you, dear friend.
Happy Thanksgiving.

R Max said...

I just read this the other day. My first time. Didn't know what a hoopy frood Abraham was.

Maureen said...

Thank you for this posting. It's good to remember and get back to the foundation of this day. Have a blessed holiday!