In the midst of this day, with its family and friends, good food and fellowship, I wanted to bring to mind some very poignant words from President Abraham Lincoln on his Thanksgiving Proclamation. Although written during the Civil War, amidst death and heartbreaking strife in our land, his words could just as easily be written today amidst the same.
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.
May this day be one of not just thankfulness for the gifts of His hands, but also to Him as our Redeemer. And may the love of Christ compel us to pray for those around us in our city, state, nation and around the world. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.