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Steve K
Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004 04:45 pm
Topic of the Week -- Thanksgiving

As 2004 starts to come to a close, we take the time to reflect and express gratitude for all that we have.  I thought it was important to remember Abraham Lincoln's proclamation in establishing the holiday, and encourage everyone to read it.

Proclamation Establishing Thanksgiving Day

October 3, 1863

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 defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had 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 battle-field; 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 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 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.   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, tranquillity 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.

Abraham Lincoln

What are you thankful for?  Anything in particular you want to mention as standing out in the past year?  Are there things you'd like to work towards or see happen so that you'll have another reason to feel grateful next year?

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Steve K
Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004 10:26 pm (UTC)
I am thankful for...

... God's saving grace, the love of Jesus, and the continuing work of the Holy Spirit to make a God-pleasing servant out of the mess that is me.
... the fact that, despite all its setbacks, America is still a wonderful country. We have freedom of religion, speech, etc and not that many countries (in all of history) can claim such things.
... my parents, who are so supportive and demonstrate daily what it means to be loving, godly people.
... friends, be they virtual or in the flesh. ;)
... the chance to meet jedibuttercup in person.
... having a nice apt and being able to host game nights, which has allowed me to get to know people in the past year.
... the completion of my Master's Degree.
... the fact that, unless the world ends, there will be another season for both the NY Yankees and the IN Pacers to erase the embarrassing year this has been for their teams.

Are there things you'd like to work towards or see happen so that you'll have another reason to feel grateful next year?
- Success in the job hunt and beginning my career.
- See jedibuttercup again, see what may be possible with her.
- Return to fencing, and get more in shape.
- Devote more time to volunteering/charity -- give something back!

Miss T
Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004 11:20 pm (UTC)
I am thankful for..

the love that I share with my friends, my family, and my beautiful man.

So many more things than I could ever possibly list.

I'm following a note trail!