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Hoosier Musings on the Road to Emmaus

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Giving Thanks

Abraham Lincoln first declared this holiday in 1863-- in the midst of the Civil War. Reading this today, nearly 150 years later... it still rings true.

...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.



Blogger Dawgdays said...

Amen. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Sounds like it's going to be a crowded one - the best kind.

November 23, 2006 12:50 AM  

Blogger will smama said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2006 5:42 AM  

Blogger LutheranChik said...

Happy Delurking, and Happy Thanksgiving. (o)

November 26, 2006 2:48 PM  

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