Thanksgiving: Let us use this day to give thanks and pray for unity in our nation
This Thanksgiving Day 2018 let us as one people, pause-give thanks and pray for unity in our nation. President Abraham Lincoln, in 1863 designated the “fourth” Thursday of November for a day of Thanksgiving. The president proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving in 1863 so that the nation could reflect on the great Civil War that had divided our nation. Further, President Lincoln hoped that a day of Thanksgiving would help bringunity to a divided nation.
Thanksgiving should be a time that transcends the day and allows us to pause-give thanks and ponder the hazardous journey to North America in 1620 by the Pilgrims. In 1621 following the Pilgrims first harvest, these hardy and resolute individuals paused to give thanks to Providence for their bounty and religious freedom in a new land.
In remembrance of the “Pilgrims pride,” let us as a nation and people pause this month to give thanks for living in a land of plenty; and a nation that allows each individual to practice his or her religion and other beliefs without fear.
Finally, as we celebrate the joyous and radiant daybreak of Thanksgiving, let us reflect on the responsibility of working to perpetuate this sacred union of states to future generations of Americans.
May God bless and keep the United States of America intact as a nation for many more Thanksgivings to come; and let us all as one people pray and work towards unity for our nation this day and always. -John A. Micklos, Essex