With Thanksgiving only a day away, I am reminded that in the middle of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, at Sarah J. Hale‘s persistence, established Thanksgiving as a National Holiday for the last Thursday of November 1863.

“Even in war”, Lincoln said, “we can count our blessings. They are gracious gifts of the most high God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”

It’s ironic, we just came out of an election that was a civil war of sorts. Having this country. literally, split in half. Escaping the controversy, which is ever surrounding us, with Covid still on the loose. I find myself feeling much like President Lincoln. This Thanksgiving Day let us reflect on and count our many blessings despite all the chaos that has surrounded us. And if you have good health and strength think about the blessings and mercy God has shown you. Good health has now become a necessity that is overshadowed with a constant viral threat. Yet by God’s grace and mercy has not overtaken you. That in and of itself is enough to be thankful for.

You may be in quarantine, but at least you have food, lights, water, shelter and clothing. In some third world countries, they don’t even have water. The basic things in life that we’ve often taken for granted are now treasures to most of us. In all of our busy-ness we have forgotten the more important things in life. Our priorities of family, relationships, parents, a walk in the park, how to create memories, became lost in life’s shuffle. So no matter where you may find yourself tomorrow. Whether with family, friends, in quarantine, not just physically; but also in your mind. Think on these things.

Tell the Lord how thankful you are,
Because he is kind and always merciful.
Tell the Lord how thankful you are,
Because he is kind and always merciful.
 (Psalm 118:1,29)

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to all of you. Blessings and Peace!

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