"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... 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 one 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 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 year, that may be hard. 2020 has been a year where thanksgiving has been a challenge. Difficult to focus on the positives. But I think there have been things to be grateful for.
I'm thankful to have spent more time together with family during quarantine. There are times where it has been challenging, but it's been great to spend together.
I'm thankful we've been healthy.
I'm thankful we've been able to see family, especially since we've moved away.
I'm thankful to have become so settled in Brownsburg, IN. That's one good benefit about a year that's felt like a decade - we've felt established in our new home more quickly than normal.
I"m really thankful for my new company. I've grown more and learned more this year than I have in the past and am continually humbled by their values and priorities.
Even in an absolutely crazy year, I'm thankful. I'm very thankful.
I hope you are able to do the same.
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