As we gather to thank God for the abundant gifts that grace our lives, we are reminded of our nation’s rich history of leaders who publicly expressed thanks to God for His providence and care.
On October 3, 1863, against the backdrop of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a proclamation urging Americans to reflect and give thanks to God amidst the struggle of a nation at war with itself. Lincoln exhorted the American people to remember that God, “while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”
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.
In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict. . .
Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
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 at NRB, we are humbled by God’s providence in 2023. Amidst the ongoing struggles in our nation and our world, God has remembered NRB—from the success of the 2023 NRB International Christian Media Convention in Orlando, Fla., to the addition of more than 90 new members to the NRB family, to our members’ renewed and unwavering commitment to excellence in their field and the outpouring of humanitarians acts of mercy throughout this year. We are thankful to our members for choosing to walk with us as a community of Christian communicators.
The NRB team wishes you a blessed and joyous Thanksgiving.
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