November 25, 2020 - Published by IAG Wealth Partners

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If there was ever a year when Thanksgiving should be cancelled, you may think that 2020 is it. Let’s review a few of the reasons you may have to be unthankful this year:

  • Loss of life
  • Overwhelmed health care workers
  • Economic shutdowns and job losses
  • Mask-covered faces
  • Isolation, quarantines, and cancellations
  • Shootings and protests
  • The grind of daily uncertainty

Yet, all of today’s troubles pale in comparison to the potential reasons for unthankfulness gripping the nation when President Abraham Lincoln declared the first Thanksgiving in 1863:

  • Civil War
  • Hundreds of thousands of deaths (2% of population)
  • Slavery
  • Ineffective medical technology
  • Economic ruin

Amid all of these reasons not to be thankful, President Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation declared:

“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. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.”

May your Thanksgiving be blessed with the contentment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and thanksgiving for blessings received!


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