October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States

A Proclamation:

The year that is drawing toward 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 the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and provoke their aggressions, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict; while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

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. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United Stated States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

— Abraham Lincoln

u Don’t miss an opportunity to be a blessing because a conversation is powerful.

Just as one play can change a game, our words, our time, our ears can help someone we don’t know is in need.

There are no contingency clauses in being thankful.

Teach and be taught. Bless and be blessed.

u The North Hardin Trojans are practicing football this morning.

That is the dream of every high school football team.

Pads still on, game plans still to learn and a game still to get after.

Soak it in boys.

It doesn’t matter the number of classifications, the opponents faced or the work put in, there is never a guarantee of getting to Week 15.

The ultimate goal, of course, is Week 16 and a date at Kroger Field in Lexington.

Thank your teammates and coaches for all their hard work, effort and sacrifices to even have the opportunity to get this far.

This is a playoff run no one can take away from you.

You have a bond for eternity and the goal that started on Nov. 12, 2018 is within reach.

Tell your teammates and coaches you love them and leave the field Friday night with no regrets.

Not everyone gets to go on a ride like this.

Be thankful for the people beside you and the family behind you.

It takes a village.

u Jordan Fisher can sing. I suggest a listen.

u Michael Jr. is really funny. I suggest a listen.

u The Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack never gets old.

u “When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” — Terry Bradshaw

Mike Mathison can be reached at 270-505-1758 or mmathison@thenewsenterprise.com.

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