Thanksgiving with Lincoln’s Proclamation: A time of division, fear.

Craig HueyFaith, God's Word, Government, Congress, and Politics, Holiday Season 3 Comments

As Thanksgiving approaches, bless someone with Abraham Lincoln’s “Thanksgiving Proclamation.”

Some of our readers may wish to read part or all at your Thanksgiving dinner… if that’s “legal” in your community.

President Lincoln gave this at one of the worst years in American history – with division and fear for the future.

See the proclamation below:

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict, while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.

Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Highest 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.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and 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.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Please forward this to as many as you can.

In addition, CLICK HERE for 13 Scriptures dealing with Thanksgiving and our loving God. They, too, are great to read aloud as part of your Thanksgiving festivities.

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Comments 3

  1. Thank you, Craig. God bless you. Have a great Thanksgiving! Thankful to our God. It’s all about Jesus, our Lord and Savior! ☝️

  2. Thank you! HE is in control of ALL things and is surprised by nothing that is happening around us. HE is the reason I have PEACE in the midst of chaos! I/We have so much to be grateful for May GOD continue to bless our nation-USA

  3. Thank you Craig-
    Today it seems, it’s hard to hold onto the promises of God Almighty. As elusive as they seem, we do not lose hope. The world as we see it today is crumbling at its core (as it has been for quite some time), but NOW it seems global and national circumstances are twice as bad and headed for more in 2024. May we, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, cling to him, Jesus, like never before. If as the Bible declares “men’s hearts will fail them” with what’s going to be happening in the nearest future, we’d better “gird up our minds”, and again, not lose hope, “not become weary of doing good” and not forget the armor of God daily. And yes, there is plenty to be thankful for, if we’d only take the time to look.
    I appreciate the reminder Friend!

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