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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Proclamation by President George Washington

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:" 
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us. 

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best. 

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving and May God Richly Bless You, Friends, Today and Always

The Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier
I asked for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for power that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for but everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered,
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
 



Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

Today, we remember with thanks all our family members, friends and visitors to this site. May the blessings of almighty God be upon you and all those you love, in this world and the next, through Jesus, the Christ, our Lord.


The First Thanksgiving Proclamation - Read here

Continental Congress 1782 Thanksgiving Proclamation - Read here

George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation - Read here

Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation - Read here


Friday, November 27, 2009

Obama Makes History: Thanksgiving Proclamation First Ever to Omit Direct Mention of God


From LifeSiteNews
By Kathleen Gilbert

President Obama's brief proclamation of Thanksgiving Day on November 26 was unique among all recorded Thanksgiving proclamations by his predecessors: it is the first one that fails to directly acknowledge the existence of God.

The beneficence shown by God to America is a theme that traditionally defines the Thanksgiving holiday, and this theme is strongly emphasized in the original Thanksgiving Day proclamations and consistently acknowledged even by modern presidents.

Obama's unprecedented proclamation, however, only makes indirect mention of God by quoting George Washington, stating: "Today, we recall President George Washington, who proclaimed our first national day of public thanksgiving to be observed 'by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.'"

The proclamation goes on to call Thanksgiving Day "a unique national tradition we all share" that unites people as "thankful for our common blessings."

"This is a time for us to renew our bonds with one another, and we can fulfill that commitment by serving our communities and our Nation throughout the year," it continues.

All other presidential Thanksgiving proclamations directly refer to "God," "Providence," or another appellation for the divine being.

But Obama's historic decision to avoid directly mentioning God in the Thanksgiving proclamation doesn't necessarily come as a surprise. Earlier this year Obama similarly made history on Inaguration Day by explicitly referencing "non-believers" in his speech, which, according to USA Today, was the first time in history that a President had done so. Obama has also said on more than one occasion that the United States is "not a Christian nation."

The second weakest reference to God in a Thanksgiving proclamation was issued in 1975 by Gerald Ford, who in his second year as President exhorted Americans to "reaffirm our belief in a dynamic spirit that will continue to nurture and guide us." But in his first address, Ford characterized Thanksgiving as a time "all Americans join in giving thanks to God for the blessings we share."

In 1969, President Richard Nixon's address referred to the "Source of all good" who "constantly bestows His blessings on mankind." In 1978, Jimmy Carter hailed the bounty provided by "Providence"; Ronald Reagan's 1982 proclamation mentioned "a divine plan" that established America.

Even President Bill Clinton affirmed in his first such proclamation that, "From the beginnings of our Nation, we have sought to recognize the providence and mercy of God with words and acts of gratitude," and called the spirit of Thanksgiving "acknowledging God's graciousness."



Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!


I asked God for strength,
that I might achieve;

I was made weak,
that I might humbly learn to obey.

I asked for health,
that I might do greater things;

I was given infirmity,
that I might do better things.

I asked for riches,
that I might be happy;

I was given poverty,
that I might be wise.

I asked for power,
that I might have the praise of men;

I was given weakness,
that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things,
that I might enjoy life;

I was given life,
that I might enjoy all things.

I received nothing that I asked for
but everything that I had hoped for;

Almost despite myself,
my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all men, most richly blessed.


Prayer by an
Unknown Confederate Soldier