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We celebrate Thanksgiving because of this poignant proclamation from Abraham Lincoln

Nov 20, 2018 - Washington Post Blogs

The year that is drawing to its close has been filled with the curse of parched fields and charred skies. To these torments, which are so constantly suffered, others have been added: hurricanes, harassment, gun violence. In 2018, misfortune can't help but harden the hearts of even the most steadfast believers.

Many Americans will seek sustenance in Thanksgiving, a day "set apart" by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War.

"The year that is drawing towards it...