We’re counting down to Thanksgiving at our office.

Today I want to talk about Abraham Lincoln’s thanksgiving proclamation from October of 1863.

Lincoln’s proclamation is significant, because it helped establish Thanksgiving as a holiday observed nationwide rather than individually by states or occasionally by Congress.

Lincoln’s proclamation describes the many blessings America had enjoyed, concluding, “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.”

You can read Lincoln’s entire proclamation here.

As Thanksgiving approaches, I hope you will take time to reflect on the many ways God has blessed our nation and thank Him for those blessings.

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