During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation. Although several Northern States had been celebrating their own Thanksgiving Day on different dates, Lincoln responded to a request from a 74 year old magazine editor named Sarah Josepha Hale, by proclaiming a national day of thanks-giving, In his proclamation, Lincoln reminded the nation that despite the war, God was lavishing gifts on us in the form of plentiful harvests, a growing nation, and freedom — with the promise of even greater freedom. He urged the nation to not take these gifts for granted.
Speaking of our collective national blessings, Lincoln said, “They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God…It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”
This is what Thanksgiving should be for us — thanking God for His blessings. The Bible says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father” (James 1:17) and “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 106:1). I thank God for blessing me with a wonderful wife, children and family, and gifting me the best of friends and relatives. Yes, I’m talking about you! Thank you for your support, love and friendship. We, as Alford Homes, are also thankful for the solid relationships we have with our top-notch, dedicated and professional subcontractors: foundation experts, heating and A/C, frame and carpenter, electrical, plumbing and landscape specialists. We would like to give a special “thank you” to the all the professionals that we work with on a regular basis. We appreciate you!
The Heavenly Father has blessed me with a successful custom home building business, doing work that I love and feel passionate about–and in the process, making new friends and building quality custom homes that exceed our homeowner’s and clients expectations. What a blessing! A wonderful Thanksgiving to all!