Thanks­giv­ing: Let us use this day to give thanks and pray for unity in our na­tion

The Avenue News - - EDITORIAL -

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

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