WSJ – Lincoln and a Wartime Thanksgiving

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WSJ – Lincoln and a Wartime Thanksgiving

Stephen McLean, a Partner with a private equity firm, Arsenal Capital Partners, taught me more about Thanksgiving than I had every known.  His November 25, 2014 editorial, ‘Lincoln and a Wartime Thanksgiving’ is a masterfully researched, must-read for all in Washington DC and patriots across this great nation.  Thanksgiving became a national holiday in 1863.

Mr. McLean writes that President Lincoln “gave voice to the convictions that lead to the creation of Thanksgiving in two proclamations. The first was on March 30, and in it he sought to share with his countrymen his sense of personal humility, calling for a national day of “Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer””.

In quoting Lincoln’s gratitude:

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.

“We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

“Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

Powerful.

To read this outstanding article on the Wall Street Journal web site, click here.

By Nick Mavrick

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