Letter: Where We’ll Be Directing Thanks
To the Editor:
At the time that Abraham Lincoln inaugurated Thanksgiving as an annual holiday in 1863, hundreds of thousands had died in the Civil War. On a personal level, the president had lost two young sons, one while he was in the White House, and his wife was not able to handle the sorrow.
Together with his other proclamations, it was evident that Lincoln intended the holiday to be thanksgiving to God.
Six days after his second inauguration, he was assassinated. But he left us with these great words in his second inaugural address, especially appropriate today: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
So, as Christians on Thanksgiving Day, as we do each day, my wife and my family will be thanking God.