Due to the latest film on his life, there’s lots of buzz going on about Honest Abe right now. His leadership, his ideology and even his faith are being debated in pop culture. Thought I’d shed a little light upon these 3 things with an excerpt from President Lincolns Thanksgiving Proclamation (the first official Thanksgiving proclamation in American History, BTW).
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. . . . 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. – President Abraham Lincoln