Proclamation of Thanksgiving

The the year was 88 years after our independence.  The day was October 3rd, 1863.  This was the day in which Mr. Lincoln proclaimed to our wholoe nation that even admist a war that tore our nation apart there was going to be a day set aside that celebrates everything that the Lord has provided.

My grandfather used to read this to us at every thanksgiving.  One year he even made my brother dress as Abraham Lincoln and pretend to proclaim it for real.  I think being a part of Life Teen, has just opened up my eyes to what my grandfather saw in this address. 

Imagine, the entire country begins to split into two.  Families are turning on each other and are beginning to physically fight one another.  I could be facing my brother and sister across a long feild with a gun pointed at them.  I sleep in fear in my own house.  I never know whom to trust. . .

Abraham knew what his troops were going through.  He knew the fear that was hidden in their hearts, He knew their courage was being stretched and their hope was being drawn from their bodies.  He knew how IMPORTANT it was to REMEMBER WHO IS IN CHARGE.  To remember who has given us all of our hope, all of our lives, all of our families, all food we eat, all water we drink, all laughter, all of our LIFE! Man, that is such an AWESOME reminder!!!!  It is an amazing feeling to know that everything good is given to us by our Lord creator.  AND, even in the admist of affliction there is still an infinite number of things that we NEED to be thankful for.  There is an infinite amount of beauty out there.  I just get to cauht up in myself to see it sometimes.

When my grandfather prays he always ends with “I pray to gift of life and the gift of family.”  Sometimes I forget how much of a gift they are.  How important they are.  That is my prayer this week.  For the family(immediate and christian) and for the life God breathes into me every day.

Peace and have a happy THANKSGIVING!!!!!

 PD

Here is Abe’s actual address:

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

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