Cowboy Poetry-Heavenly Herders

Christmas StarThe following poem, Heavenly Herders, is written by Brad Curtis. If you’d like to read another of his poems here on the blog, how about The Northern Drive, The Last Ranch Revival and the story of Jonah, or Cowboy in Snakeskin Boots? You can find this and other poems in Brad’s book of Christian cowboy poems, He Holds the Reins.

Heavenly Herders

Cookie had fed the boys

Time to bed on down.

Fire was a cracklin’

Bedrolls on the ground.

The sky was lit up stars shinin’ bright.

Even to ol’ hard cowboys

It was an amazin’ sight.

As the boys bedded down

One star seemed to be alive.

They’d never seen one like it

On any cattle drive.

Then they heard the sound

A rider was comin’ in.

That star was still shinin’

Never gettin’ dim.

The rider said, Boys

You’re the first to hear.

A Savior was born

So grab all your cowboy gear.

Down there in town

That’s where you need to go.

Take you a fast horse

No time for ridin’ slow.

You will find him

Layin’ in a manger.

When he grows up

He’ll be a life changer.

It was then it happened

Sky riders came on down.

Singin’ Glory to God

It was a heavenly sound.

The boys looked at each other

Then ran for the string.

Saddled up fast

The sky riders continued to sing.

Ridin’ into town

Like a stampeded herd.

Throwin’ caution to the wind

Horses being whipped and spurred.

When they got to town

Horses needed care.

Rode down to the stable

And found the Savior there.

Just a young’in

Layin’ in the hay.

One of the boys said,

This has been a purdy good day.

As they headed back to camp

They told everyone in sight

About the sky riders

And the Savior born that night.

It was then the cowboys

Well, they began to sing.

Glory to God

For we have seen the King.

 

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 

And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.

Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.

And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 

But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. Luke 2:8-20 NKJV

 

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A Clumsy Camel Named Clem

kneeling camelClem the Clumsy Camel

When my son, Pie, was a toddler, I bought him the book, Clem the Clumsy Camel for Christmas. Pie and I both loved that book. In fact, we still do. Pie keeps the book among his treasures. During the Christmas season, it is pulled out and read.

Clumsy Clem Couldn’t Kneel Correctly

In this children’s book we learn the story of a clumsy camel named Clem. For the life of him, Clem could not figure out how to kneel to the ground without falling over. He was too clumsy it seems.

Clumsy Clem’s Chance

Clem tried really hard. Honest he did, but he still stumbled and fell. Until one night. When Wise Men following a star needed camels, Clem’s owner saw it as their chance to rid themselves of the clumsy camel. They eagerly sold Clem to the Wise Men.

Clem’s Clumsiness Disappears

After the Wise Men arrived at the place where young Jesus was, Clem observed how the wise men bowed before the child. Following their lead, Clem bowed too. In the presence of Christ, Clem’s clumsiness disappeared. With Jesus looking on, Clem bowed with grace for the first time in his life.

Like Clem

At times we may feel clumsy. We may try hard to do the right thing, to not sin. But we stumble and fall. Like Clem, we must not give up. We must keep trying. We must come into Jesus’ presence, and kneel before his grace.

Because of the gift we received at Jesus’ birth, we are able to get up when we trip over our clumsy selves. By his grace, God gives us as many tries as it takes for us to get it right.

Your Turn

Does Clem’s story encourage you to keep trying? I know it does me.

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And so they left, and on their way they saw the same star they had seen in the East. When they saw it, how happy they were, what joy was theirs! It went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They went into the house, and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down and worshiped him. They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and presented them to him. Matthew 2:1-12 (GNT)

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Pause for Poetry Jesus Our Savior

meadow lakeWelcome to Pause for Poetry featuring the poem, Jesus, Our Savior, written by my writer-friend, Frances Gregory Pasch.

In fulfillment of the Scripture

Jesus came to earth,

Not as a man, but as a child,

His was a humble birth.

There were no crowds to greet Him,

no party or fanfare,

Just a simple setting,

He entered unaware.

but the reason for His coming

Is one that must be told…

He’s the key to our salvation,

Prophesied from days of old.

He took on human nature

So He could bear our sin

Upon the cross, in place of us,

So new life could begin.

What greater gift could we receive

Than His abounding grace…

The promise that we’ll one day share

His presence face to face!

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Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poems have been published hundreds of times in devotional booklets, magazines, and Sunday school papers since 1985. Her writing has also appeared in several dozen compilations. Frances’ latest book, Greater Than Goldis available on Amazon. Her first book, Double Vision: Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry, which was published when she was eighty years old, is also available on Amazon. Frances has been leading a women’s Christian writers group since 1991 and makes her own holiday greeting cards incorporating her poetry. She and her husband, Jim, have been married since 1958. They have five sons and nine grandchildren. Contact her at http://www.francesgregorypasch.com.

When We Wonder Who Am I

tree on horizonWho Am I?

That question comes up frequently in many different ways.  Several musicals address it. Today I look at three of them.

In Popeye, the spinach-eating sailor declares, “I Yam What I Yam”.

In Les Miz, former prisoner Jean Valjean asks, “Who Am I?”

Then, in Camelot, there is the shining knight Lancelot whose confidence burst forth in “C’est Moi”.

Identity

Each of these songs centers around a character’s identity and who they know they are. 

Popeye knew he yam what he yam.

Valjean knew he was not 24601 despite what Javert thought.

And Lancelot believed he was nonpareil.

When We Wonder “Who Am I?”

Each of us has a past, a history that helped shape us into the person we are. Some of that is good. Some not so good.

Our life experiences add to who we are, and who we can become. Knowledge gained through the years also comes into play in our development.

We might list off who we are in relationship to others. Wife. Husband. Mother. Father. Sister. Brother. Daughter. Son. Friend. Co-worker. Employer. Employee. Christ follower.

Or we might feel our accomplishments or our jobs define us. Our looks. Our physical prowess. Where we live. What we own. Who we know.

Our Identity

At the top of our Who Am I list, however, I believe we should have Child of the One True King, don’t you? That is where our worth lies, after all.

God is not the Great I Will Be. Nor is he the Great I Was. He is the Great I AM.

Always has been. Always will be.

God, the Great I AM

We first hear God say he is I AM who I AM in Exodus chapter 3. That’s the day God commissioned Moses from a burning bush to return to the land he ran from. Egypt. God assigned Moses the job of leading God’s people out of slavery to a land he promised their ancestors.

In answer to Moses’ excuses why he was not the best candidate for the job, God said to tell the Hebrew doubters, I AM who I AM sent Moses. No more explanation needed.

Sounds a little like Popeye took his song from this verse when he said, “I yam what I yam, and that’s all that I yam.”

It’s Not About Us

Moses, like many of us, looked at who he was. He looked at his strengths and his weaknesses, then decided he wasn’t up to accomplishing what God asked of him.

What Moses forgot, like what a lot of us forget, is it’s not about us. It’s about God.

I AM…able to see you through this difficult season in your life.

I AM…able to help you through the pain of this disease.

I AM…able to sustain you during this loss.

I AM…able to help you overcome this hurt and forgive.

I AM…able to restore the years the locusts ate.

I AM…able to do immeasurable more than you could ever dream or ask.

I Am…able to bring the prodigal home.

I AM who I AM.

Your Turn

When we claim Jesus as our Lord and King, we can proclaim with confidence and boldness exactly who we are. No need to wonder who am I.

We are a child of the King. The Great I AM.

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And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14 (NKJV)

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Sandy

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Feel Overwhelmed?

Man with fingers pressed to foreheadFeeling Overwhelmed?

This time of year it is easy to feel overwhelmed with all the holiday activities and expectations. But holidays are not the only time when we feel overwhelmed. Preacher offers steps to help us when we feel overwhelmed by life. I would like to share his thoughts with you today.

Assess the Situation

First off, Preacher suggests we assess the situation that is making us feel overwhelmed. Then ask ourselves a few questions. Why are we feeling this way? What has caused us to feel this way? Preacher suggests if we can figure out what’s causing the stress of feeling overwhelmed, we can then begin to deal with it in an appropriate way.

Address the Situation

After we access the situation or situations causing our stressful overwhelmed feelings, we move on to addressing them. Preacher’s following suggestions are designed to help us when we feel overwhelmed.

Take it to God in Prayer

Pray about whatever is overwhelming us. Spend uninterrupted time alone with God. Tell him how we feel. Ask for his help. Let his peace fill our heart. Limit media noise. Focus on God. It’s in the quietness that God usually speaks.

Accept Those Things in Life that We Cannot Control and Control Those Things We Can

An important part of dealing effectively with the stress of overwhelm is identifying what we can control and what we cannot control. Trust God. He, not us, is in control. If we know for certain we can’t do anything to remedy the problem, we have to trust God with it.

Accept Limitations and Learn to Say No

We all have limitations. Not saying no can lead to feeling overwhelmed. We can’t do everything other people want us to do. And we can’t do everything we want to do.

Strive to Live a Balanced Life

Without balance we can become disoriented and have difficulty moving forward. Remember the saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”? We need to balance our work, rest, and recreation.

Don’t Do Too Much

Preacher says one of the most important things we can do when we’re overwhelmed is to do less. It all doesn’t have to be done at once. We need to pace ourselves.

Don’t Be in a Hurry

Hurrying can lead to feeling overwhelmed. When we hurry, we often make mistakes. Our bodies tense, our adrenaline rushes. Hurrying can cause our heart to race and stress to increase. Next time we feel in a hurry, we should ask why we’re hurrying. Then ask what changes we need to make the next time.

Don’t Take Our Self Too Seriously

Believing it’s up to us to solve every problem is a sure recipe for feeling overwhelmed. Remember, it’s not about us. We’re not the center of the universe. Preacher adds, if everything in our world depends on us, we’re living in a rather small world.

Give Our Mind Time to Recharge and Refresh

To prevent the stress of overwhelm, we need to give our brains time to rest. Take a walk. Daydream. Sit outside. Engage in a conversation with a friend. Take a break from the constant processing of information.

Laugh a Lot

When we’re stressed and overwhelmed we don’t tend to laugh very much, but research shows there is something therapeutic, and even healing, about laughter. When we laugh, we decrease the amount of stress hormones our bodies would otherwise release. Laughter releases feel-good endorphins. Proverbs tells us a merry heart does good like medicine.

Stay in Today

Whenever we feel overwhelmed, it’s good to stay in today. Jesus told us not to worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own troubles. Thinking about all the things we need to accomplish can cause us to feel overwhelmed and stressed.

Focus on Jesus Not the Circumstances that Seem So Great

Preacher believes this final step is the most important step we can take when circumstances in life overwhelm us. Whatever we focus on tends to become larger and larger in our minds. So it’s best to keep our focus on Jesus, no matter what we are experiencing. Scripture tells us God will keep in perfect peace those whose mind is on him, because we trust him.

Your Turn

Which of Preacher’s points do you believe will be helpful the next time you feel overwhelmed?

For me, I believe it is shifting my focus from whatever is causing me to feel overwhelmed to focusing on Jesus instead.

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Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:1-2 NKJV

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Live Justly

two children sharingLive Justly

Live Justly is the final post in my series centered around Jennifer Rothschild’s Amos study. I began in October with Bitterness. Last month I discussed Remember. For other posts I’ve written from the book of Amos prior to Jennifer’s Amos study, look here, here, herehere, and here. There is quite a lot to learn from the small book of Amos. At least I think so.

The Israelites Did Not Live Justly

At this time in Israel’s history, the people did not live justly. Instead, they were unrighteous and despised God’s truth. They trampled and oppressed the poor. Those with power and wealth abused and dealt dishonestly with the powerless. They withheld justice from the helpless.

Care About What God Cares About

In speaking about how we are to live justly, Jennifer mentioned several things about social justice. First, she said social justice means we care about what God cares about. Our heart breaks for what breaks God’s heart. She went further to explain social justice is not activism. It is righteous action. It is public action where we seek good, not evil. Jennifer stated social justice is something we actively pursue as we have opportunity.

Do For One What We Wish We Could Do For Everyone

Jennifer admitted we cannot do everything we might wish to alleviate suffering and wrong. Her suggestion is we do for one person what we wish we could do for everyone.

Righteous Is Not Just Who We Are

We’ve heard the phrase, actions speak louder than words. As Christ followers, we are made righteous through our relationship with Christ. According to Jennifer, being righteous is not a position, it is a practice. It is what we do. Living righteously is putting our righteous words into righteous acts for God. It is investing in what matters most to God.

In Conclusion

Jennifer challenges us with the following. We may not be able to eradicate evil on this earth, but we can avoid contributing to it, and we can seek to do good to offset it. Assigning the strong emotion of hate or disdain to human suffering can heighten our awareness, and sensitize our hearts to view sin and suffering as God does. Which often prompts a strong response to act.

As followers of Christ, we are given the high privilege to seek good, promote good, and become an active force against evil so justice prevails. That means we do something.

Your Turn

The book of Amos reinforces the fact that people matter to God. It tells us if we exploit or oppress the poor in any way, we insult God. If we care for the needy in any way, we honor God. With that in mind, how should we live out our faith? Not just at this time of year, but all year long?

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Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Then the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed. Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice. Perhaps even yet the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will have mercy on the remnant of his people. Amos 5:14-15

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Gluten-free Brunswick Stew Recipe

bowl of Brunswick Stew This super simple, tasty gluten-free Brunswick Stew is the perfect meal for those chilly nights.

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 15 oz can fire roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs smoked pulled pork OR chicken
  • 8 oz frozen corn
  • 8 oz frozen lima beans
  • salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion and garlic in butter.

Stir in all other ingredients.

Bring to a boil.

Simmer 1 1/2 hours.

The Invitation

party invitation

The Invitation

“Come as you are”. That’s what the invitation said.

My junior high girlfriends and I thought that was rather funny. What if you were in your pajamas? What if you needed to wash your hair? What if you had a stain on your shirt?

The invitation told us to come as you are. But did the party host really want us to come as we were? We doubted it.

We decided to wear what we would for any party at that time, ages ago. A dress. Which of course meant narrowing that choice further to exactly what kind of dress.

The Parable

During Jesus’ time on earth he told many parables. One parable he told was about a great banquet.

The host of the banquet issued an invitation. He invited many guests, but when everything was ready and he sent his servants to tell those he invited to come to the party, the invited all made excuses for why they couldn’t attend.

This, of course, angered the host. He’d gone to an awful lot of trouble, and great personal cost, to prepare a magnificent banquet. He wanted his guests to share it with him. Yet, those he invited couldn’t trouble themselves to show up.

The host told his servants to go into the streets and gather up the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame. He invited the street people to come as well.

This later group of people were invited to come as they were. They didn’t need to worry about what they wore. The host would provide garments for them.

The Decision

God is preparing a great banquet in heaven. He has invited us to join him to celebrate his Son. Although the invitation is for all, some who receive the invitation make excuses for why they can’t come.

Too busy. Too weary. Too wretched. Too whatever.

But God tells us to come as we are. No need to look inside our closet for something decent to wear. The Father will provide the perfect garment. Robes of righteousness, courtesy of the blood of the Lamb of God. Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

The Cost

Christ paid the price for the invitation to the banquet. He is the reason we receive the invitation in the first place. He removes our filthy rags of unrighteousness and clothes us with his righteousness.

He washes away our stains and filth through his blood that was shed on Calvary.

If we’ve placed our trust in Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross to save us from our sins, we’re on the guest list. Our invitation to the banquet is in the mail, so to speak.

Your Turn

This is a party invitation we don’t want to turn down. It is a party we don’t want to miss. So RSVP with a yes to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and come as you are. Not as you were.

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Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations.  When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

 “The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ Luke 14:16-21 (NLT)

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Sandy

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Jesus in the Old Testament

man reading BibleThis past Sunday Advent began. As we anticipate this season, I’d like for us to look at something Preacher shared regarding how Jesus shows up in every book of the Old Testament.

The Law

In Genesis Jesus is the Creator of the world. (1:1)

In Exodus Jesus is the Passover Lamb. (Chapter 12)

In Leviticus Jesus is our Great High Priest. (Chapters 8-9)

In Numbers Jesus is the Bronze Serpent lifted up on a pole. (21:4-9)

In Deuteronomy Jesus is the Prophet who is greater than Moses. (18:18)

History

In Joshua Jesus is the Commander of the LORD’s Army. (5:13-15)

In Judges Jesus is the Angel of the Lord who appeared to Gideon. (6:11-27)

In Ruth Jesus is our Kinsman-Redeemer. (3:2, Chapter 4)

In 1 Samuel Jesus empowered David to slay the giant. (17:45-47)

In 2 Samuel Jesus is our Rock in an unstable world. (22:29-35)

In 1 Kings Jesus is the Still Small Voice speaking to Elijah. (19:11-18)

In 2 Kings Jesus is Elijah’s Mantle passed down to Elisha. (2:1-18)

In 1 Chronicles Jesus is the Giver of Every Good Thing. (29:14)

In 2 Chronicles Jesus is the Sender of Revival. (7:14)

In Ezra Jesus is the Faithful Priest and Scribe. (7:11)

In Nehemiah Jesus is the Re-builder of broken walls and lives. (6:15)

In Esther Jesus is the Protector and Vindicator of his people. (9:1)

Wisdom Literature

In Job Jesus is our Redeemer. (19:25)

In Psalms Jesus is our Shepherd. (23:1)

In Proverbs Jesus is our Wisdom. (2:6)

In Ecclesiastes Jesus Gives Meaning to our life. (12:13-14)

In the Song of Solomon Jesus is our Heavenly Bridegroom. (2:16)

Major Prophets

In Isaiah Jesus is the Promised Messiah, Suffering Servant, Risen King. (7:14, 9:6-7, Chapter 53)

In Jeremiah Jesus is the Potter. (18:1-6)

In Lamentations Jesus’ Mercies are new every morning. (3:22-23)

In Ezekiel Jesus Gives Life to the valley of dry bones. (37:1-14)

In Daniel Jesus is the Fourth Man in the fiery furnace. (Chapter 3)

Minor Prophets

In Hosea Jesus is the Faithful Husband pursuing his unfaithful wife. (Chapters 1-3)

In Joel Jesus Restores the years the locust ate. (2:25)

In Amos Jesus is our Burden Bearer. (Chapters 1-3, 7:14-15)

In Obadiah Jesus Gets the Last Word on evil. (verses 15, 17)

In Jonah Jesus is Salvation for all people. (1:1-3 chapter 3)

In Micah Jesus is born in Bethlehem and he Casts our Sins into the Depths of the sea. (5:2, 7:19)

In Nahum the clouds are the dust of Jesus’ feet. (1:3)

In Habakkuk Jesus tells us the just shall live by faith. (2:4)

In Zephaniah Jesus Rejoices Over Us with singing. (3:17)

In Haggai Jesus is the Desire of All Nations. (2:7)

In Zechariah Jesus is the Cleaning Fountain. (2:7)

In Malachi Jesus is the Risen Sun of Righteousness with healing in his wings. (4:2)

Your Turn

These are only a few of the ways Jesus shows up in the Old Testament. Where else have you seen him show up in the books of the Old Testament?

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 NIV

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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)

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