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, tranquillity and Union."
President Abraham Lincoln: Proclamation of Thanksgiving
From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! I want you all to know that I am greatly appreciative of all of you that are reading. I pray you have many things to be thankful for and that the list only grows over the coming days, months, and years. I hope you are able to take the time to be with family today, whether it be the one you are born into or the one you choose, and are able to take the time to reflect on the blessings in your life and to express that gratitude.
This holiday may can be easily overshadowed by those around it, but it remains an important day for us to stop all the craziness and remember the blessings great and small in our lives. It's a day of refreshing, a reminder, it refocuses us.
I pray we never lose sight of that.