“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”
In 1863, in the midst of a Civil War that had been raging for more than two years and shortly following the Union victories at Vicksburg and Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation to Americans:
“Set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving.”
His wish for all of us was to “solemnly, reverently and gratefully” acknowledge the nation’s many blessings.
From our table to yours, and to the tables of our brothers and sisters who are serving, and have served, America’s call to be away from home and family during this special holiday, we send our solemn, reverent and grateful thanks.… Read the rest