Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever. – Psalm 106:1 (NLT)
The presidential proclamation instituting a national day of Thanksgiving was signed into law in October of 1863. This was just three months following the terrible battle at Gettysburg – the highest casualty count recorded throughout the American Civil War. The war had raged for more than two and a half years and was far from over: a country divided, families torn apart, fear, anger and pain on every side. While acknowledging the seriousness of those days, President Abraham Lincoln put forth this proclamation for all Americans as common ground for a broken nation, from which healing might begin.
Throughout the generations – past, present and future – regardless of our circumstance, God’s faithfulness continues, merciful and unchanging. A grateful heart has little room for pride, hate or fear – but an abundance of praise.