Nov 24 2010

Proclamation Establishing Thanksgiving Day

October 3, 1863

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; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. 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 had 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.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and 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. 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.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

-Abraham Lincoln

 

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Nov 19 2010

What's In the Bible? The Latest From the Makers of Veggie Tales

What’s in the Bible? is a new DVD series from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer designed to walk kids and families through the entire Bible.  They are not only educational, but FUNNY! 

 

Phil was kind of enough to offer up some cool resources for you and your family to check out - go here

 

Nov 18 2010

Cornbread Dressing from Food Writer Scott Hutcheson

Cornbread Dressing

6 cups crumbled dried cornbread

3 cups crumbled dried white crumbs

1-1/2 stick unsalted butter

2 cups chopped yellow onion

2 cups chopped celery

2 tablespoon dried sage

1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

3 to 4 cups low-salt chicken broth

Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped

2 eggs, lightly beaten

 

Two days before you are ready to assemble the dressing, spread out the crumbled cornbread and white bread on baking sheets, cover with clean dishtowels and store in a cool dry place where they can dry. When ready to prepare, preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine the dried cornbread and white bread crumbs. In a sauté pan, over medium heat, sauté the onion and celery in the stick of butter until tender but not brown. During the last few minutes of sautéing, add the dried herbs (sage, thyme, and rosemary). Mix the herbed vegetables into the bread mixture and then add chicken broth until well moistened. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix in the fresh parsley and beaten eggs. Spread the mixture in 9x13 baking pan. Cut the remaining ½ stick of butter into small cubes and dot the top with them.  Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. This can be assembled a day ahead, covered and refrigerated. If cooking after having been chilled, add another 10 minutes to the cooking time. Serves about eight.

 

For more recipes and stories of food, family, and community go to www.scotthutcheson.com

 

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Nov 17 2010

Wow, God Used a Shoe Box to Change Everything!

 

This is the collection week for Operation Christmas Child - shoe boxes packed by people like you with gifts for children who will otherwise not receive anything for Christmas.  Changing a life with a simple shoe box.  Do you have a story of how you have seen God work through a shoe box?