It’s become a day more associated with travel, eating, and football games than what American President Abraham Lincoln envisioned. It was in 1863 the president declared the first official Thanksgiving, a time for remembering the gracious gifts of the Most High God. And what’s perhaps most significant about Lincoln’s declaration is that it came in the middle of the U. S. Civil War . . . a reminder that even during serious troubles, God is gracious, merciful, and deserves our thanks.