1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with Mom at Denny’s Restaurant.  The food was delicious and the service by our waitress Reese was terrific.  We could not have made turkey, mashed potato’s, green beans, cranberry jelly, bread, stuffing, pumpkin pie, whipped cream, and nacho’s for what Mom paid.

Yes, that’s right – nacho’s.  They made the perfect appetizer.  The half portion we had was so big, I had it for dinner Friday night.

Mom and I had a joyous time.

While Thanksgiving  brought joy both this year and years past,  I find no joy in Abraham Lincoln’s words when he declared the holiday.  These words apply to us today more so than back in Lincoln’s time.

“We have forgotten God.

We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation

May these words never apply to you.

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