Since 1863, a tradition variously celebrated among the individual states became, by President Abraham Lincoln’s wartime proclamation, a universal American institution that (however feebly) endures to this day. As commerce and recreation intrude upon the sacred opportunity for individual and collective Thanksgiving, Lincoln’s original call merits remembering and observing: The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. … No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.
Here is cause for Thanksgiving indeed! Wishing the entire ABHE family a most blessed and joyful celebration. We are so thankful for each of you.
The ABHE office will be closed Thursday & Friday, November 24-25, in observance of the U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday.