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Thanksgiving

The Empty Hand

woman holding a young boy's hand

-- Author Unknown

Thanksgiving Day was near. The first grade teacher gave her class a fun assignment -- to draw a picture of something for which they were thankful.

Most of the class might be considered economically disadvantaged, but still many would celebrate the holiday with turkey and other traditional goodies of the season. These, the teacher thought, would be the subjects of most of her student's art. And they were.

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Thanksgiving Prayer

Thanksgiving Cornucopia


-- By J. E. Rankin

We come, O Lord, these Autumn days,
With hymns of gratitude and praise.
Harvest of gold the plains adorn,
Rich fruits roll forth from Plenty’s horn;
Thou givest treasures from the rocks;
The little hills are clothed with flocks;
The seas are with their burden white,
And new Thy mercies day and night.

For changing seasons as they go,
For Autumn leaf, for Winter’s snow,
For the green verdure of the Spring,
For life in plant and life on wing,

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Thanksgiving Proclamation

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

-- By Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America

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.

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Thanksgiving

"Thanksgiving speaks in clear, crisp tones of forgotten terms, like integrity - bravery - respect - freedom - discipline - sacrifice - godliness." -- Charles R. Swindoll

"We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count." -- Neil A. Maxwell

"Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness." -- Robert Casper Lintner

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