Never in my lifetime have I seen so many disgruntled people in this country which has stood as a beacon of hope for oppressed people around the globe.
Our country has withstood a civil war, two world wars, a great depression, the cold war, terrorist attacks, a housing crisis and numerous recessions but we’ve stood together, as one people, through these difficult times and come out stronger as a result of the trials.
Now it seems we are being torn apart by activists among us who want to separate us by race, gender, religion, ethnic origin, political persuasion and all manner of economic and educational strata for their own selfish ends.
In the name of “fairness” we have robbed our children and grandchildren. We’ve destroyed the best healthcare system in the world. Our schools have become laboratories of political correctness. We’ve run our manufacturers off-shore with burdensome taxes. We’ve allowed corporations to import foreign workers to take what few good jobs that are left. We’ve left our borders unprotected. Our inner cities have become caldrons of violence as we’ve tied the hands of those who are sworn to protect us and made them targets of hate. Some have called this good.
We just had a presidential election and it’s time to turn the page. It should be a time of healing and hope for the future. Instead, we’ve been besieged by the temper tantrums of those who didn’t get their way, many of whom didn’t even bother to vote.
A sure cure for worry, disappointment, anxiety and troubles of all kind is a thankful heart. May you draw inspiration and courage to face the days ahead from some words from President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation. He delivered this message in 1863 as he sought to bring this nation, which had been ripped apart by the bloody Civil War, back in line with the will and blessings of Almighty God.
Despite the toll that war had taken on this country and its people, the United States had endured and the tide had begun to turn. Lincoln did not dwell on all that had been lost, but what remained. It is a good lesson for all 2016 Americans.
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 every watchful providence of Almighty God. . .
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 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 dwelt 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 unavoidable engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty and 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.
It would be another year and a half before Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Ulysses Grant at the Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. In anticipation of peacefully restoring the Confederate states to the Union, Grant allowed Lee to keep his sword and his horse.
Five days later President Lincoln was shot, but he had done the really important work desired by our Creator. He brought this nation through the war and, most appropriately, to its knees.
Let us follow his example on this day set aside for Thanksgiving.