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Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

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By the President of the United States of America [Abraham Lincoln].

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.

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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,

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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,

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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;

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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,

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the shuttle or the ship;

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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,

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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.

The signature of President Abraham Lincoln is seen on a handwritten note, dated July 7, 1863 ( click pic for source)

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

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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borrowed from: http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/thanks.htm

Thanks! Danke! Gracias! Ahéhee’!

Ever wonder what God’s will is for your life?  Well, I don’t know the details, but I know He wants us to be thankful!

“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

What have you got to be thankful for today?  Think about those things.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 KJV

The Thankful Prayer: Thank you, Father, for loving me!  May Your peace control my heart today. (Colossians 3:15)  Please show me all the things I have to be thankful for in my life.

Here are some of the things that come to mind: (write them down in your journal, or on a post-it-note to post next to your mirror to remind yourself every time you look in it)

Thank you for all these wonderful things, Father.  The Bible says, “Every good thing given and     every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights [that’s You, Father 🙂 ], with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”  James 1:17 THANK YOU!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Quirky Turkeys!

A gang of  leaf shufflers caught my eye through the window this morning as I was heading for the kitchen to grab some grub. 

Which is what this “gang” of turkeys was doing, only they were looking for real grubs (and worms and tiny insects)

 As they kicked up the leaves, they filled the woods with their shuffling sounds.  shuffle, shuffle, shuffle.

Now, this “posse” knew (another name for a gang of turkeys) that to find the best food they’d have to dig for it.  The good stuff doesn’t just hang out on the surface.

We could learn a lesson from the turkey (Melegris Gallopavo).  To be properly fed, we need to dig.

How often do we try to fill up on surface stuff?  All we  end up with is an empty soul and skinny faith!

Sometimes we have to go deep, make some shuffling sounds flippin’ through the Bible for wisdom. 

Beth Moore

Beth Moore (Bible Teacher Excellentus) observed that one of her favorite sounds in church is flipping Bible pages.

She said it reminds her of what angels’ wings must sound like. 🙂

Well, speaking of flipping Bible pages, there’s another lesson we can learn from the turkey, and that is to hang with a posse. 

It’s not only funner to dig through the Bible with friends, sometimes it’s more effective.  Kicking through the leaves with a gang exposes worms for more than one turkey.  We can feed off each other’s finds.

So join a study group or, if you’d rather, an online group, and start digging deep.  Here’s one of Beth Moore’s online studies you might like:

Click on the picture below to get started filling your soul and fattening your faith!

“Oh the depths of the riches of both the wisdom and knowledge of God.  How unsearchable are his judgements and unfathomable His ways.”  Romans 11:33

Are YOU believing God?  He could use another quirky turkey in His posse. Click on the pic below to learn how to join! 


Thanksgiving Prayer

A Kitchen prayer from the Glastonbury Abbey in England.  Here’s what it says, (imagine it written in beautiful calligraphy)

Give me a good digestion, Lord, and also something to digest.

Give me a healthy body, Lord, and also sense to keep it at its best.

Give me a healthy mind, Oh Lord, to keep the good and pure in sight.

Which seeing wrong, is not appalled, but finds a way to put it right.

Give me a mind that is not bored, that does not whimper, whine, or sigh.

Don’t let me worry overmuch about that fussy thing called, ‘I’.

Give me a sense of humour, Lord.  Give me the grace to see a joke,

To get some happiness from life, and pass it on to other folk.”


*To further explore the ancient ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, you can click HERE to my friend’s blog.  She took some pictures there recently.

**special thanks to fromoldbooks.org for the calligraphy.