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Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).


Friday, November 18, 2022

Remembering Abraham Lincoln's Words of Thanksgiving

 

by Barbara Latta

Our country just held an election in the middle of much chaos and strife. Whether the results were what you hoped for our not, we need to remember that God is our Savior, not politicians.

If every position were held by a person of godly integrity, we would still need to remember that these are only humans who will always have faults. We should always look to our Sovereign Lord as the one we depend upon.

During the turbulent Civil War years of America, Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation. As you read these words, try to remember what was happening in the land and what this leader faced trying to hold a broken country together. Lincoln’s words of gratitude are still relevant today.

“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…No human counsel 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. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also 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.”

America still has problems, and we always will because we are not perfect. But if we can look past our differences and focus instead on our God whose mercies are new every morning, we can find plenty to be thankful for.

I am grateful for the God of all comfort, peace, and prosperity. I am grateful for the sacrifice of Christ and for the identity He left for us to live in. I am thankful for America and the foundation we have enjoyed. I am thankful for my friends and family and those of you who are part of Navigating Life’s Curves. I appreciate your support and wish you a blessed Thanksgiving season.

All our blessings do come from our Most High God. Please feel free to share thoughts about what you are thankful for.

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation is still relevant today. (click to tweet)

15 comments:

  1. Marilyn Nutter11/18/22, 9:22 PM

    I love your concluding g statement-“all our blessings come from the Most High God”. Each night I thank Hid for five things about my day- things money can’t buy and man can’t make. That practice gives me perspective.

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    1. Marilyn, your daily practice can inspire us all to remember to be thankful. Things money can't buy are the most important gifts and the ones that are lasting. Thanks for sharing. Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. Wisdom shared my friend. It's so important that we remember that God is God and that no matter how much man and material attempt to replace that in lives, there is no replacement sufficient for all He is, all He does, and all He will do in our lives. For that, we must be truly grateful. I pray with you that many who don't have a true relationship with our Savior, Christ Jesus can find it soon. God's blessings and Happy Thanksgiving ma'am.

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    1. Nothing can replace our Lord. He is our lasting gift and that relationship with Him can't be imitated. Thanks for sharing, J.D. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Ms. Diane!

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  3. Thank you for sharing this history on the establishment of Thanksgiving. I think it significant that the President faced tremendous pressure and constant worry about the future of our country, yet he knew the importance of being thankful and expressing thanksgiving for the blessings we are given. Happy Thanksgiving, Barbara and family.

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    1. President Lincoln's words are an inspiration to us about how to be thankful even in times of turmoil. The Civil War was a time or horrible trials and we haven't faced anything like that since. His proclamation shows us we can always find something to be grateful for. Thanks for sharing, Marilyn. Blessings!

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  4. How beautiful are the words of Abraham Lincoln. I often long for leaders like those of yesterday whose Christianity was front and center. Thanks for the reminder that all leaders are human and our Lord is the only one we can truly count on to lead us to the promised land.

    I'm most filled with gratitude for my family this Thanksgiving. I lost another dear brother this year and this has shown me we cannot take our time with our earthly family for granted.

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    1. Most of our leaders of yesterday were filled with integrity and displayed a love for our country. That's not to say we don't still have some who stand for what is right, and I am thankful for those who do. I am sorry for the grief you experienced this year. I also just lost a young nephew 2 weeks ago. I am thankful for our God of comfort and peace who surrounds us with His love. Thanks for sharing, Candyce. Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. Barbara, I found Lincoln's words reassuring and challenging. I appreciate this statement you made which puts what we experience into proper perspective: "But if we can look past our differences and focus instead on our God whose mercies are new every morning, we can find plenty to be thankful for." Amen.

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    1. Our former president had many words of wisdom that helped our country survive through turbulent times. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jeannie. Blessings!

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  6. Yvonne Morgan11/26/22, 4:27 AM

    I learned from your post, thanks. It is always wonderful to remember how things began. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Yvonne. We can all learn so many lessons from our history. Blessings!

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  7. I would love to have known Lincoln as a president. His words are always so beautiful. At a rodeo we attend the announcer always reads a letter Lincoln wrote to a mother who lost her sons in the civil war. It’s beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Lincoln led our country with much wisdom. Meeting him would have been a great honor. His words still affect people as indicated by the letter read at your rodeo. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings!

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    2. Lincoln led our country with much wisdom. Meeting him would have been a great honor. His words still affect people as indicated by the letter read at your rodeo. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings!

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