"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 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! (1)
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights with whom
there is no variation or shadow due to change. "
May we humbly pause today to thank God who is the true source of all our blessings.
To all of my American friends,
Painting: "The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth"
By Jennie A. Brownscombe (1914)
(1) Abraham Lincoln: Washington, D.C. March 30, 1863 Proclamation Appointing A National Fast