November 28, 2013
The document below is the 1863 proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln setting apart the last Thursday of November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.”
Proclamation of Thanksgiving
October 3, 1863
By the President of the United States of America.
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 unequaled 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 has 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 consiousness 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 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. 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 Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward,
Secretary of State
Source: Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler.
There will always be visionaries, individuals gifted with vision, hope and a plan. Proportionately however, the supply of those willing to see futuristically seems less; and if you factor in steel-like courage for times like these, or single-minded confidence in orchestration from the Almighty, the gap widens further.
It’s why we see an uncovering of hidden ones; those who should have taken the day didn’t, and individuals no one has ever heard of, have! These hidden ones have made the most of their preparation; single-minded confidence in divine leading has, well, prepared them. We are seeing them come forth now!
Prophetic, visionary leadership does not occur in the back of the room or on periphery of the crowd; rather, it’s out in front where every individual benefits from the leader who envisions today before today, and allows tomorrow to absorb its full measure of our collective spiritual and moral genius.
To build prophetically this way, we need gutsy, God-sent, and God-inspired leaders who are humbled by the opportunity. We need added strength for leaders who have been, and are now, holding the line; and we need the entire body of God’s people to step up en masse as the image and people we must be for these times—visionaries with sufficient personal chutzpah to offer hope to the world.
Amen, so be it! (Daniel 10)
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