The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 22, 2012


This day as relevant now as when it was first celebrated, first proclaimed

— Thanksgiving means a lot of things to many people.

It’s a long table complete with turkey and all of the trimmings.

It’s a time of family coming together.

It’s certainly the beginning of shopping season for thousands that will head out later this evening or early tomorrow morning for specials and deals.

All of these bring enjoyment to people.

But our hope is that the original meaning of the day — the meaning of the word even — doesn’t get lost in the busy-ness and the madness that a significant holiday brings in modern times.

It’s a day set aside to give thanks.

It’s a day of thanks-giving.

We have much to be thankful for.

Let us not forget the origin of this day, which has been officially celebrated for over 200 years.

During the administration of Abraham Lincoln, a proclamation which set the precedent for our current national day of “Thanksgiving” was issued for the United States of America.

The proclamation, as timely in 2012 as it was in 1863, concluded:

“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.”


Take a moment to reflect on all of your blessings.

Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.