Other absences are more voluntary in nature. Divorce separates not just the couple going their separate ways- it leaves its sad shadow on all who loved them, both as individuals, and the two as one, joined in sacrament.
Words matter. Reading the Thanksgiving Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln-the wisdom of why our Founding Fathers only spoke of separation of church and state is revealed. They never said Faith and State should be at arms distance.
Faith and State holding hands helps great things be accomplished.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward,
Secretary of State