Come Ye Thankful People Come

barn with autum treesHappy Thanksgiving to everyone here in the States.

As God’s people everywhere, he has given us so much. As God’s people, it is only right we come before him with thanksgiving. Not just one day a year. But every day of every year. Amen?

Today I’d like to add Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, given for the first time during the War Between the States in July 1863 as recorded by the National Parks Services.

Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

In July 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg resulted in more than 50,000 American casualties. Despite these losses, the United States gained a great victory during these three days. On October 3, 1863, with this victory in mind, as well as its cost, President Lincoln issued a proclamation:

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, …to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving… And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him …, 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 Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

This proclamation is viewed as the beginning of the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day. It was one of nine similar proclamations that Mr. Lincoln issued during the Civil War. Mr. Lincoln issued the proclamation, but he did not author it. Secretary of State William Seward penned the October 1863 proclamation.

I pray each of you have a blessed day of thanksgiving, being thankful for all the rich blessings God has given you this past year, and looking forward to all he has in store in the upcoming year.

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Shout with joy before the Lord, O earth! Obey him gladly; come before him, singing with joy.

Try to realize what this means—the Lord is God! He made us—we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Go through his open gates with great thanksgiving; enter his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name. For the Lord is always good. He is always loving and kind, and his faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation. Psalm 100 (TLB)

You can find my November Inspire a Fire post here. Please stop by and read it.

I wish you well.


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