I appreciated this article included in today's devotion in Magnificat so much that I'm sharing it with you. It is a good reminder about our Thanksgiving holiday.
Thanksgiving Day Proclamation
“It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year, defending with his guardian care against unfriendly designs from abroad, and vouchsafing to us in his mercy many and signal victories over the enemy, who is of our own household. It has also pleased our heavenly Father to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their camps, and our sailors on the rivers and seas, with unusual health. He has largely augmented our free population by emancipation and by immigration, while he has opened to us new sources of wealth, and has crowned the labor of our working-men in every department of industry with abundant rewards. Moreover, he has been pleased to animate and inspire our minds and hearts with fortitude, courage, and resolution sufficient for the great trial of civil war into which we have been brought by our adherence as a nation to the cause of freedom and humanity, and to afford to us reasonable hopes of an ultimate and happy deliverance from all our dangers and afflictions.
Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may be then, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe. And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid, that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust, and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the great Disposer of events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased him to assign as a dwelling-place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.”
October 3, 1863
A Personal Glimpse of Thanksgiving at School
Here's a nod to Thanksgiving 1996 when my granddaughter was in first grade. Her teacher and I celebrated Thanksgiving with a play and activities. Since each of us teachers already had costumes, that prompted Mrs. G's rooms would be Indians and mine were to be the Pilgrims. So here is the photo of my granddaughter and me that year.
I hope that all of you experienced a blessed Thanksgiving.