The country remained divided in the Fall of 1863. During this troubled time in our history, in a speech written by Secretary of State William H. Seward, President Lincoln proclaimed one day to be set aside each year that the “gracious gifts of the Most High God … be … gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice…” He spoke of God’s mercy and blessings and called on the American people to repent and pray that God would heal the wounds of the nation and restore peace and harmony.
Thanksgiving is an attitude of the heart in appreciation, a recognizing of the giver. Even when I don’t feel thankful, I am always on the receiving end of the Lord’s bountiful blessings. His love and mercy and grace never cease. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Photo: Thanksgiving 1950