Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3 October 1789

Thanksgiving Proclamation

[New York, 3 October 1789]

By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed—to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington

DS, CStbK; DS, DLC:GW; copy, sold by Christie, Manson, & Woods, International, 21 Oct. 1977. The proclamation was also printed as a broadside. Copies of the broadside are at Harvard University, Yale University, and the Pierpont Morgan Library. Other copies are owned (1992) by Marshall B. Coyne, Washington, D.C., and Ralph Geoffrey Newman, Inc., Chicago.

For background to this document, see Circular Letter to the Governors of the States, 3 Oct. 1789, n.1.

VIDEO The REAL Story of Thanksgiving… Dead White Guys – Or – What Your History Books Never Told You

Nov 23, 2005

RUSH: From my second bestseller, “See, I Told You So, “”Chapter 6, “Dead White guys, or What the History Books Never Told You: The True Story of Thanksgiving.” The story of the Pilgrims begins in the early part of the seventeenth century (that’s the 1600s for those of you in Rio Linda, California). The Church of England under King James I was persecuting anyone and everyone who did not recognize its absolute civil and spiritual authority. Those who challenged ecclesiastical authority and those who believed strongly in freedom of worship were hunted down, imprisoned, and sometimes executed for their beliefs.

A group of separatists first fled to Holland and established a community. After eleven years, about forty of them agreed to make a perilous journey to the New World, where they would certainly face hardships, but could live and worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences.

On August 1, 1620, the Mayflower set sail. It carried a total of 102 passengers, including forty Pilgrims led by William Bradford. On the journey, Bradford set up an agreement, a contract, that established just and equal laws for all members of the new community, irrespective of their religious beliefs. Where did the revolutionary ideas expressed in the Mayflower Compact come from? From the Bible.

The Pilgrims were a people completely steeped in the lessons of the Old and New Testaments. They looked to the ancient Israelites for their example. And, because of the biblical precedents set forth in Scripture, they never doubted that their experiment would work.

But this was no pleasure cruise, friends. The journey to the New World was a long and arduous one. And when the Pilgrims landed in New England in November, they found, according to Bradford’s detailed journal, a cold, barren, desolate wilderness. There were no friends to greet them, he wrote. There were no houses to shelter them. There were no inns where they could refresh themselves.

And the sacrifice they had made for freedom was just beginning. During the first winter, half the Pilgrims – including Bradford’s own wife – died of either starvation, sickness or exposure. When spring finally came, Indians taught the settlers how to plant corn, fish for cod and skin beavers for coats. Life improved for the Pilgrims, but they did not yet prosper!

This is important to understand because this is where modern American history lessons often end. Thanksgiving is actually explained in some textbooks as a holiday for which the Pilgrims gave thanks to the Indians for saving their lives, rather than as a devout expression of gratitude grounded in the tradition of both the Old and New Testaments.

Here is the part that has been omitted: The original contract the Pilgrims had entered into with their merchant-sponsors in London called for everything they produced to go into a common store, and each member of the community was entitled to one common share. All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belong to the community as well.

They were going to distribute it equally. All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belonged to the community as well. Nobody owned anything. They just had a share in it. It was a commune, folks. It was the forerunner to the communes we saw in the ’60s and ’70s out in California – and it was complete with organic vegetables, by the way.

Bradford, who had become the new governor of the colony, recognized that this form of collectivism was as costly and destructive to the Pilgrims as that first harsh winter, which had taken so many lives. He decided to take bold action. Bradford assigned a plot of land to each family to work and manage, thus turning loose the power of the marketplace.

That’s right. Long before Karl Marx was even born, the Pilgrims had discovered and experimented with what could only be described as socialism. And what happened? It didn’t work! Surprise, surprise, huh? What Bradford and his community found was that the most creative and industrious people had no incentive to work any harder than anyone else, unless they could utilize the power of personal motivation!

But while most of the rest of the world has been experimenting with socialism for well over a hundred years – trying to refine it, perfect it, and re-invent it – the Pilgrims decided early on to scrap it permanently. What Bradford wrote about this social experiment should be in every schoolchild’s history lesson If it were, we might prevent much needless suffering in the future.

“The experience that we had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years…that by taking away property, and bringing community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing – as if they were wiser than God,” Bradford wrote. “For this community [so far as it was] was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense…that was thought injustice.”

Why should you work for other people when you can’t work for yourself? What’s the point?

Do you hear what he was saying, ladies and gentlemen? The Pilgrims found that people could not be expected to do their best work without incentive. So what did Bradford’s community try next? They unharnessed the power of good old free enterprise by invoking the undergirding capitalistic principle of private property. Every family was assigned its own plot of land to work and permitted to market its own crops and products. And what was the result?

“This had very good success,” wrote Bradford, “for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.” Bradford doesn’t sound like much of a Clintonite, does he? Is it possible that supply-side economics could have existed before the 1980s? Yes. Read the story of Joseph and Pharaoh in Genesis 41. Following Joseph’s suggestion (Gen 41:34), Pharaoh reduced the tax on Egyptians to 20% during the “seven years of plenty” and the “Earth brought forth in heaps.” (Gen. 41:47)

In no time, the Pilgrims found they had more food than they could eat themselves.

Now, this is where it gets really good, folks, if you’re laboring under the misconception that I was, as I was taught in school.

So they set up trading posts and exchanged goods with the Indians. The profits allowed them to pay off their debts to the merchants in London. And the success and prosperity of the Plymouth settlement attracted more Europeans and began what came to be known as the “Great Puritan Migration.”

Now, you probably haven’t read this. You might have heard me read it to you over the previous years on this program, but I don’t think this lesson is still being taught to children — and if not, why not? I mean, is there a more important lesson one could derive from the Pilgrim experience than this? Thanksgiving, in other words, is not thanks to the Indians, and it’s not thanks to William Bradford. It’s not thanks to the merchants of London. Thanksgiving is thanks to God, pure and simple. Go read the first Thanksgiving proclamation from George Washington and you’ll get the point. The word “God” is mentioned in that first Thanksgiving proclamation more times… If you read it aloud to an ACLU member, you’ll get thrown in jail, but that’s what the first Thanksgiving was all about. Get it. I’m telling you, read it. Maybe we can find it and link to it: George Washington’s first Thanksgiving Proclamation. Folks, if you haven’t read that, you need to read it. It will tell you the true story of Thanksgiving. I’m happy to share it with you each and every year as a tradition on this program.

Franklin Graham: ‘Thankful’ for Trump’s SCOTUS Justices Who Ruled for Churches and Against Government Overreach

Franklin Graham delivers the eulogy during the funeral of his father Reverend Dr. Billy Graham in Charlotte, North Carolina. Graham, who preached to millions of faithful face to face over his decades-long career and tens of millions more through the power of television, died last week at age 99, leaving …

DR. SUSAN BERRY 26 Nov 2020

On Thanksgiving Day Christian leader Rev. Franklin Graham posted to Facebook he is thankful for President Donald Trump’s appointment of three conservative Supreme Court Justices.

Graham reflected on the High Court’s ruling Wednesday night “in favor of churches and against government overreach in the state of New York.”

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court granted an injunction against New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions on worship services. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel of America, an Orthodox Jewish group, had filed a request for an emergency injunction against the governor’s pandemic directives that restricted worship services to ten people in some areas and 25 people in others.

Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined the conservative majority, while Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the liberal wing of the Court.

“Justice Neil Gorsuch strongly criticized the court’s previous approach,” Graham posted, citing Gorsuch’s concurring opinion:

It is time—past time—to make plain that, while the pandemic poses many grave challenges, there is no world in which the Constitution tolerates color-coded executive edicts that reopen liquor stores and bike shops but shutter churches, synagogues, and mosques.

Senior editor at the Federalist Mollie Hemingway tweeted a “deleted and bigoted” tweet about the decision from the New York Times‘ Elizabeth Williamson:

“May God protect our nation from the storms that are on the horizon,” Graham concluded.


Be Happy: Bible Verses on Thanksgiving

Daphne Delay

I have found this principle to be true: It is not happy people who are thankful—it is thankful people who are happy.

Maybe because I had lived far too much life before I got saved at the age of 21, or maybe because the more I received revelation from God’s Word, the more it opened my heart, but either way… I am a grateful, thankful, person.

And therefore, I’m a very happy person too!

It seems the Holy Spirit inspired the writers of God’s Word with the same understanding. The word eucharist is used in our modern language for Communion, but it is also a Greek word for THANKSGIVING that embodies the highest act of gratitude for the greatest gift received from God: the sacrifice of Jesus.

Bible Verses on Thanksgiving

The word thanksgiving literally describes the grateful acknowledgment of past mercies:

Psalm 26:7, “That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wondrous works.” (NKJV)

When you’ve experienced the loving-kindness of God, it’s hard to keep it quiet. In fact, reminders show up time and time again putting us in remembrance of how good God has been to us.

Psalm 69:30, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.” (NKJV)

Even when life throws a few curve balls, and it’s (at first) by choice to praise and honor God for His faithfulness, it doesn’t take long before our act of faith turns our heart around. The Holy Spirit is so gracious to whisper, “If He did it once, He’ll do it again.”

Psalm 95:2, “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” (NKJV)

Children are so care-free when it comes to singing and making joyful noises. It’s a shame when adults lose that somewhere along the way. But oh, happy is the one who finds it again…! As one translation says, “Come, let’s raise the roof for the Rock that saved us!” (MSG)

Psalm 100:4, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” (NKJV)

God created His people to know Him and praise Him. And the password to His presence is “thank you!” Those who know their God have found access to Him by their gratitude.

2 Corinthians 4:15, “For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.” (NKJV)

It’s a benefit to the one who has discovered the joy of eternal life, to turn that joy into praise and thanksgiving. The result is more people receiving the gift of salvation through our praise because it draws attention to the One all are looking for.

2 Corinthians 9:11, “Thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous, and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God.” (AMPC)

Every parent loves to see their children grateful for gifts at Christmas or birthdays. The same is true year-round. And our Heavenly Father is no different. As we imitate Him in generosity (with thanksgiving), others will joyfully express their thanks to God too.

Revelation 7:12, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, BE to our God forever and ever.” (NKJV)

It will be the final hymn of all-time: to give praise and honor to God with unending thankfulness! Why not start practicing now? It’s amazing what doors of grace are opened to thankful hearts.

Happiness seems to be a rare quality these days. But maybe it’s because thankfulness is rare too. I have a friend I’ve known for almost 15 years, and there’s never been a day that she hasn’t replied: “I’m grateful” to my “How are you doing?” So it should be no surprise either that she is also one of the happiest people I know.

So be thankful today! Joy and happiness are sure to follow!

Copyright © 2014, Daphne Delay. Used by permission.

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Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

In the midst of the Civil War, then President Abraham Lincoln deemed Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday to be celebrated yearly on the last Thursday of November. Nearly a century earlier in 1789, America’s first President George Washington issued a Thanksgiving proclamation. Washington’s proclamation was never formally adopted as a national holiday and neither were other attempts by other presidents until Lincoln. The political drive for the nation to observe a day of thankfulness to Almighty God was quite colorful. Lincoln’s proclamation is presented below.


Establishing Thanksgiving Day, October 3, 1863

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 unequalled 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 had 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 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 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, tranquility 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 United States the eighty-eighth.

A. Lincoln, President.

AUDIO Where Are The Thankful?

By Rev Bill Woods

Luke 17:11-17 (NLT2)
11  As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria.
12  As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance,
13  crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14  He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
15  One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!”
16  He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
17  Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?

Thursday, November 26, is Thanksgiving Day when we focus on the matter of giving thanks.

Thanksgiving Day is a National holiday in the U.S. commemorating the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony in 1621.

The first national Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed by President George Washington for November 26, 1789.  — President Lincoln revived the custom in 1863.

In 1941, Congress decreed Thanksgiving should fall on the fourth Thursday of November.

The customary turkey dinner is a reminder of the four wild turkeys served at the PILGRIMS’ first thanksgiving feast.   

It’s a time when families, friends, and loved ones have always gotten together to enjoy a great Thanksgiving Feast together. –  This year Government officials are trying to limit how many people can come to   your Family get-togethers to celebrate this wonderful holiday.  They are using the excuse of trying to control the Covid 19 pandemic.                                                                                                                                                                          

Thanksgiving should be a way of life for Christians.

It shouldn’t happen just once a year, but should be a daily sending up of thanks to God out of a heart grateful for His blessings.

                                                                                                                                                                      In today’s Scripture text Jesus is traveling with His disciples on the border between Galilee and Samaria Ten lepers met Him.

The Jews hated the Samaritans and had no dealing with them at all, but in this group of 10 lepers, there was at least one Samaritan.

The Samaritans were a “mixed race” contaminated by foreign blood and false worship.

Jewish historian Josephus said Samaritans were also opportunists.

When the Jews enjoyed prosperity, the Samaritans were quick to acknowledge their blood relationship, but when the Jews suffered hard times, the Samaritans disowned any such kinship, declaring they were descendants of Assyrian immigrants.

When a group of Jews, led by Zerubbabel, returned from the Babylonian Captivity, the Samaritans offered to help Zerubbabel rebuild the Temple.               – When their offer was rejected, they tried to prevent the Jews from finishing  their project.                                                                                                                           

Ezra 4:1-10 (NLT2)
1  The enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were rebuilding a Temple to the LORD, the God of Israel.
2  So they approached Zerubbabel and the other leaders and said, “Let us build with you, for we worship your God just as you do. We have sacrificed to him ever since King Esarhaddon of Assyria brought us here.”
3  But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the other leaders of Israel replied, “You may have no part in this work. We alone will build the Temple for the LORD, the God of Israel, just as King Cyrus of Persia commanded us.”
4  Then the local residents tried to discourage and frighten the people of Judah to keep them from their work.
5  They bribed agents to work against them and to frustrate their plans. This went on during the entire reign of King Cyrus of Persia and lasted until King Darius of Persia took the throne.
6  Years later when Xerxes began his reign, the enemies of Judah wrote a letter of accusation against the people of Judah and Jerusalem.
7  Even later, during the reign of King Artaxerxes of Persia, the enemies of Judah, led by Bishlam, Mithredath, and Tabeel, sent a letter to Artaxerxes in the Aramaic language, and it was translated for the king.
8  Rehum the governor and Shimshai the court secretary wrote the letter, telling King Artaxerxes about the situation in Jerusalem.
9  They greeted the king for all their colleagues—the judges and local leaders, the people of Tarpel, the Persians, the Babylonians, and the people of Erech and Susa (that is, Elam).
10  They also sent greetings from the rest of the people whom the great and noble Ashurbanipal had deported and relocated in Samaria and throughout the neighboring lands of the province west of the Euphrates River.

When Nehemiah attempted to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, he was opposed by Arabic and Samaritan groups — Nehemiah 2:10—6:14.

The breach between the Samaritans and the Jews widened even further when Ezra, in his zeal for racial purity, pressured all Israelite men who’d married during the Captivity to divorce their pagan wives — Ezra 10:18-44.

The final break between the two groups occurred when the Samaritans built a rival temple on Mount Gerizim, claiming Shechem rather than Zion (Jerusalem) as the true Beth-el (house of God), the site traditionally chosen and blessed by the Lord.

Again, Jesus is traveling with His disciples when they come across this group of pitiful lepers who call out to Jesus for help.

There’s a beautiful picture here — though animosity existed between the Jews and the Samaritans, Jesus knew that but instead saw 10 men in need. – He was touched by their needs.

10 lepers were healed — only one returned to thank Jesus for His healing touch.     

  – Figure it out, only 10% came back to thank Christ for what He’d done.  – Let’s not be guilty of being part of that 90% who don’t give Him the thanks   and glory.

1. THE CONDITION OF THE MEN (v.22) “lepers”
Leprosy is a type or picture of sin in a person’s life.

 They Were Defiled!
 The leper had to cry out, “Unclean, unclean” so others were warned of defilement.

They Were Denounced
 – No one wanted anything to do with a leper.
 – The lepers were an unkept people. Their bodies stank due to the putrefying   sores all over their bodies and their lack of personal hygiene.     

– No one was to touch them and everyone was to keep their distance from  these stricken people.

We don’t know how much distance had to be between the leper and healthy people.

 – One authority said, if the leper was windward of a healthy person, he was to     stand at least 50 yards away.

The lepers lived in isolation — it was felt leprosy was a highly communicable disease.

The leper had to wear “mourning” clothes, leave his hair unkept, keep his beard covered, and cry, “Unclean, unclean” to warn folks.

He had to make it clear that everyone was to avoid him. – He was an outcast as long as he lived.

They Were Denied
A leper wasn’t allowed to join in public worship because he was defiled and might infect others. – A person’s sins must be forgiven before he or she can truly worship God.

    – “Jesus, Master have mercy on us.”They were Desperate — no one else could help them.

They were crying out for mercy

Jesus was their only hope for healing

    – They didn’t know when Jesus spoke — Luke 17:14, it would bring their healing.

They were healed as they went — when they obeyed Jesus instructions they were cleansed! – Jesus healed them! — He was moved by their plight and by their faith.

    – “They were cleansed.” Only Jesus can make the leper (the sinner) clean.
      – Faith was part of- If they hadn’t obeyed it wouldn’t have happened………

Christ brought about their healing because they did as He directed.

5. Only one was grateful enough to come back and thank Jesus — Luke 17:15, 16

Jesus said in Luke 17:18,  “Were there not ten cleansed?  But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save the stranger.”

Faith made them whole; however, that faith was anchored in the person of Jesus Christ.

At the age of seven, a young boy and his family were forced out of their home, and the boy was forced to go to work.

When he was nine, his mother died.

He had a job as a store clerk, but lost it when he was twenty.

The young man wanted to go to law school, but had no education.

He went into debt when he was twenty-three, to become a partner in a small store.

Three years later his business partner died, and left him with a debt that took years to repay.

He dated a girl for four years and, at the age of twenty-eight he asked her to marry him.

She turned him down.

At thirty-seven, he was elected to Congress…on his THIRD try. – He then failed to be re-elected.

This man’s son died when the baby was only four years old.

At age forty-five, he ran for the Senate…and failed to be elected.

He persisted at politics and ran for Vice-Presidency at age forty-seven, and lost.

Finally, at fifty-one, he was elected President of the United States.

His name was Abraham Lincoln.

And then, President Lincoln did a very unusual thing.

In the midst of the darkest day in American history, in the midst of the Civil War which claimed more American lives than any other war, in the midst of great trial and tragedy, President Lincoln issued the following proclamation:

“It has seemed to me fit and proper that [the gifts of God] should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens . . . 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.”

Abraham Lincoln had a grateful heart. He knew, that even in the midst of great tribulation and hardship, there was much to be thankful for.

He took the time to express his gratitude to God, and invited the American people to join him in giving thanks to the Holy One.

May faith express itself in our lives through gratitude and thanksgiving unto God.