Here’s The Proclamation That Started Our Modern Thanksgiving

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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The First Arkansas Thanksgiving:

We’re counting down to Thanksgiving at our office. Today we’re looking at Arkansas’ very first Thanksgiving proclamation.

In October of 1847, Arkansas’ third governor, Gov. Thomas Drew, issued Arkansas very Thanksgiving proclamation. The proclamation set aside Thursday, December 8, 1847, as a day of thanksgiving. In it, Gov. Drew highlighted the many blessings Arkansas had enjoyed—including Arkansas’ great people, abundant crops, prosperity, and good health. He concluded by calling on Arkansans to thank God for these blessings.

You can read Gov. Drew’s entire Thanksgiving proclamation here.

Gov. Drew’s proclamation is significant, because it came at a time when Thanksgiving was not formally recognized by Congress or the President. Instead, different states took the initiative to set aside a day for giving thanks. Arkansas was among them.

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Did You Know George Washington Said This?

We’re counting down to Thanksgiving at our office. Today we continue our series tracing the history of Thanksgiving.

On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation calling on Americans to pray. He opened it by writing, “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.”

The proclamation goes on to set aside Thursday, November 26, as a day of prayer and thanksgiving.

Washington’s proclamation is significant, because it is the first call to prayer issued by a U.S. president. Before that, calls for prayer and thanksgiving were issued by Congress or by state governments.

You can read President Washington’s entire proclamation here.

If you have never donated to Family Council or the Education Alliance, now is a great time to do so. Your financial support will make Arkansas a better place to live, work, and raise a family. It will promote and strengthen home schooling. It will help fight abortion and make Arkansas a more pro-life state. Click here to send a generous, tax-deductible donation today.