When President Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of thanksgiving in 1863, not long after the battle of Gettysburg, he deemed it an act of contrition to our creator.
That's the same Thanksgiving Day we celebrate this week.
Strangely, I had never seen this explanation by Mr. Lincoln until Dan Crummett put it in his blog on the Farm Progress website. I suppose the textbooks had already been sanitized by the time I entered grades old enough to have noted such things in history classwork.
Here's how Abe began:
“It is the duty of nations as well as of men to owe their dependence upon the over-ruling power of God. To confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that with genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon. And to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures, and proven by all history that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord."
To read the rest of Abe's comments, go to Dan Crummett's blog at http://farmprogress.com/blogs.aspx
To all our readers I wish a happy and thankful Thanksgiving.