A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving address, Giveaway Reminder, Thanksgiving Joys

Thanksgiving greetings to you! I THINK I am organized, how about you???


And I wanted to share again, the 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln during the civil war. 
It still resonates today...



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 unequalled 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 in the theatre of the 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 defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had 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 battle-field; 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 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 seas 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, comment 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. 
Abraham Lincoln, 1863


I want to remind you about the drawing for a hardback copy of Jan Karon's Shepherd's Abiding. 
To enter, please click HERE 
and go to the giveaway post and leave a comment THERE of ENTER to be entered to win!
Ends Sunday, Nov. 25th.


I did this cross stitch a few years ago... simple, but infinitely powerful...especially in my life this year.
Let us give thanks... and I do, daily.
Maybe things are difficult, but with Christ...
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me...
Philippians 4:13


And I wanted to mention, that on my websites, I have Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales, either already in progress or beginning tomorrow Nov. 22nd...





Just click the graphics to go to the shops.


To you, my dear blog friends, and your families...
a blessed Thanksgiving!

2 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving,dear Ruth!Wonderful cross stitch,wonderful post...Blessings!

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