Today’s Truth

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Friend to Friend

One of our family traditions in the Jaynes’ home is to read President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation before we delve into the Thanksgiving turkey and dressing. So today, I would like to share that tradition with you, my GiG family. Savor the words of one of the most treasured Presidents of America.

Washington, D.C.

October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

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 defense, 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 battlefield; 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 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, tranquility 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

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, I have so much to be thankful for today. Thank You for freedom, family, and the fellowship of believers all around the world. Thank You for Your Son, Jesus, who gave His life so that I may walk in spiritual freedom, and for the many men and women who gave their lives so that I may worship in freedom.

In Jesus’ name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Consider reading Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation at your family gathering this year.

2 Responses to “A Thanksgiving Proclamation”

  1. Janet says:

    I Love Girlfriends in God! I love the daily reads, that I receive each day along with scriptures. Today, I wouldn’t say was a really good one to read. I started out ready, but skipped over & went to the pray at the end. I wish it was a different read for today, but I talk to The Lord daily. I read other devotionals as I think we should have many to stay uplifted. Joyce Myers, Joel Olsteen & Proverbs 31 ministries to name a few. I am very Grateful for this Thanksgiving and everyday. Look forward to reading tomorrow. I will not skip over like today’s. It just didn’t touch me today, but my other devotionals did & God touched me. Have a Great Holiday.

  2. Constance says:

    I find it remarkable that President Abraham Lincoln was so keenly aware of the providence of Almighty God and did not hesitate to proclaim his gratitude for it while urging the nation to do likewise. I am very moved by this proclamation, which acknowledges that everything we have is because of the grace of God. The spirit of humility that pervades this proclamation is no doubt because President Lincoln understood the superlative power of God who loves us so much that He gave His only son, Jesus Christ to die for us and redeem us from sin so that our relationship with Him can be re-established.

    Today, many world leaders have become so arrogant that they seem not to understand that they are mere mortals who may be here today, but gone tomorrow. As God’s people, we need to pray earnestly that those in leadership positions around the world will humble themselves and allow God, the creator of the universe to reveal Himself to them and lead them every step of the way. As Jesus said, “without Me, you can do nothing.” Leaders who acknowledge their limitations, submit themselves to God, and express gratitude for God’s faithfulness and provision, place themselves and those they lead in a position to receive God’s blessings.

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