Recently I came across an inspirational book at the local flea market in town. Walking with Lincoln, Spiritual Strength from America's Favorite President by Thomas Freiling. That's where I learned that President Abraham Lincoln issued more proclamations thanking God than any other president.
He was responsible for setting aside a special day of thanks for our nation. In the fall of 1863, he established a National Day of Thanksgiving to be celebrated in November, and every president since then has followed his lead. A national day "to render the homage due to the Divine Majesty for the wonderful things he has done in the nation's behalf."
The author beautifully writes: Lincoln provides a model for how to walk in gratitude before God. At all times, for all things, we can give thanks--in the privacy of our hearts and in our public spheres of influence. We should never forget the Giver of every blessing and the Father of all good things. Let's remember to be grateful, especially during the difficult times. We can trust, like Lincoln, that God's higher purposes are being accomplished in our lives and that he will give us the grace and mercy we need."
Why not take a moment to remember how God has blessed you?
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Love and peace,
Lincoln photo: on-line