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Thank You, Honest Abe!

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Today is Election Day!! Please vote today if you have not already done so. Thanksgiving is only three weeks away. This Election Day we can profit by going back to the words of Abraham Lincoln. 

Our nation was embroiled in the midst of the bloodiest of Civil Wars in 1863. Over 620,000 people in America died in the Civil War…….2% of the people in our country took up arms and killed one another. We must always remember that. Yet Lincoln found it important to establish an annual celebration of Thanksgiving. He did so with these words….                      

Lincoln wrote, “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.

“We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.  

“Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self‑sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.  It has seemed to me fit and proper that [the gifts of God] should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people.  

“I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens . . . 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.”

Please vote today if you have not done so and especially take some time today to pray and give thanks to God for the gift of ALL THE PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY, not just some, who make up this great, diverse nation of ours. 


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