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Old November 23, 2000, 10:22 AM
Dien Rice
 
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Default Going to eat some stuffed turkey....

Did you know that Thanksgiving didn't become a national holiday until it was declared to be one by Abe Lincoln in 1863?

That Lincoln was quite a speechmaker! Here is part of Lincoln's speech....

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, the 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 forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and 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 God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.


-- April 30, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation for a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! :)

Dien Rice
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Old November 23, 2000, 12:53 PM
Julie Jordan Scott
 
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Default 1863? WOW~

Hi Dien and All!

> Did you know that Thanksgiving didn't become
> a national holiday until it was declared
> to be one by Abe Lincoln in 1863?

****No, I did not know that. I learned something new today! Katherine learned four fun Thanksgiving facts this year in school. Last night we looked at photos of the ACTUAL Plymouth Rock. She was thrilled. The child really enjoys history.

> That Lincoln was quite a speechmaker! Here
> is part of Lincoln's speech....

****Actually, this speech sounds like it could have been spoken today (or at least thought today, it might have been politically incorrect in parts.) FASTING! Humility! PRAYER! Pretty radical stuff dontcha think?

Thanks for the history lesson, Dien. It is a great addition to my day. GREAT! The parades start in a half hour!

With a Grateful Heart,

Julie Jordan Scott

Here is Lincoln's Speech:

> We have been the recipients of the
> choicest bounties of heaven. We have been
> preserved, the 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
> forgotten the gracious hand which preserved
> us in peace and multiplied and enriched and
> strengthened us; and 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 God that made us! It
> behooves us, then to humble ourselves before
> the offended Power, to confess our national
> sins, and to pray for clemency and
> forgiveness. -- April 30, 1863, President
> Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation for a
> National Day of Fasting, Humiliation and
> Prayer Happy Thanksgiving everyone! :)

> Dien Rice
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Old November 24, 2000, 11:12 AM
Dien Rice
 
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Default Bring meaning to your life with a sense of wonder....

> ****No, I did not know that. I learned
> something new today! Katherine learned four
> fun Thanksgiving facts this year in school.
> Last night we looked at photos of the ACTUAL
> Plymouth Rock. She was thrilled. The child
> really enjoys history.

Julie, thanks for sharing your daughter Katherine's experiences....

I believe that MANY adults lose something in the transition to adult-hood.... sometimes they lose too much of their curiosity.... Sometimes, keeping your sense of wonder is the most powerful optimism there is, and it makes life much, much richer....

I can see that you and your children wonderfully keep it alive, Julie.... :)

> ****Actually, this speech sounds like it
> could have been spoken today (or at least
> thought today, it might have been
> politically incorrect in parts.) FASTING!
> Humility! PRAYER! Pretty radical stuff
> dontcha think?

I agree.... It is quite "radical" in parts.... But it's so true (in my view)....

Thanks Julie for being a kindred spirit.... :)

Dien Rice
 


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