Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

All alone and far from home this Thanksgiving, but I'm trying to make the best of it. Just spent almost 2 hours on the phone with my family (thank you Verizon-to-Verizon free calling) and now I'm going to make an apple pie to bring to "Orphans' Thanksgiving" - a little get-together of residents that aren't working but couldn't go home. While that's in the oven I plan on watching White Christmas and knitting. All in all, not a bad day off.

Some Thanksgiving seriousness via Happy Catholic...

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863

It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord.

We know that by his divine law, nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world. May we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people?

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.

But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that God 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 as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.


And some Thanksgiving fun...

You Are Mashed Potatoes

ordinary, comforting, and more than a little predictable
You're the glue that holds everyone together.
What Part of Thanksgiving Are You?

4 Comments:

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Kessa said...

We're having our annual Orphans Thanksgiving here too! I'm just glad I'm not on call (or post-call). Happy Thanksgiving!

 
At 3:47 PM, Blogger Theresa said...

Have a great time. We're having the best kind of Orphans' Thanksgiving - a fellow intern's parents came to town to make dinner!

 
At 10:03 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

My favorite intern isn't here with us for Thanksgiving and bless his heart, he is working the night shift in ER tonight. I know your family feels like we do... wishing he was home.

 
At 10:43 PM, Anonymous Beth said...

I hope your day was nice! Thanks for posting the Thanksgiving decree from President Lincoln. It's very interesting!

 

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