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Today is a day of family and friends, of feasting and fellowship. But most of all it’s a day of Thanksgiving for the blessings we’ve been given.

Even the least amongst us has blessings for which to be thankful.

Below, the words to a hymn wrought at the time of the Dutch reformation, and later adopted by Americans as a traditional Thanksgiving hymn.

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
he chastens and hastens his will to make known;
the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing:
sing praise to his Name, he forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
so from the beginning the fight we were winning:
thou, Lord, wast at our side: all glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
and pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation:
thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

Enjoy this wonderful video created by Western Journalism.

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“Observe the last day of November next,

as a day of thanksgiving and praise

to our beneficient Father

who dwelleth in the heavens.”

Abraham Lincoln

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