I congratulate The Pantagraph for printing the letter President Lincoln signed Oct. 3, 1863, on the proclamation of Thanksgiving in our land.
Mr. Lincoln's faith in God in one paragraph really stuck out to me. "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 one voice by the whole American People."
What an enormous contrast to our present president's ego, along with dismay over the accusations of immorality from one political party to the other. It happens in both parties and we are far from being a United States.
The one heart and voice of this nation that Mr. Lincoln alluded to has long been forgotten, and the unity we had in the two World Wars has not been recognizable since the 1960s.
Thanksgiving Day is set aside to thank Almighty God for the blessings we had again this year. Not only one day a year, but every day, in humility and gratitude would help a lot.
John Gramm, Gridley