Nov 272013
 

The_First_Thanksgiving_cph.3g04961“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 enabled 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 supplication 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, AD 1789”

George Washington

  6 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving!”

  1. These are not the words of a deist

  2. I love our nation and I actually agree with Michael Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. It is also one of my most painful. I could blabber on about the evil christian conspiracy but I wont. I understand that is rhetoric and I want to move past that. I am thankful, hopeful, and grateful for God and our Lord Jesus Christ. His redeeming death and resurrection permeates every single aspect of my life. I have tried avoiding that as that is messy but it is what it is. Christmas where the Christ child is born and the many aspects of that I cherish but I struggle with the materialism of the season. I understand materialism is holy and it is the primary focus of the apologetic but I still struggle with it. I count that as sin on my account.

    Stu asked are these the words of a deist? Nope they are the words of a pragmatist that wanted it to be true, it could not pan out that way but that was his hope. I was listening to some lunatic rant about how Washington was a mason and that the constitution was a demonic conspiracy. Granted that is claptrap and well on its face stupid. It is stupid I hope folks get that our nation is not some Jesuit conspiracy, do folks get that. I get a bit of blow back offline concerning that.

    I could raise a whole legion of disagreement, but I will leave it with this, I dont get it, never have.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving all!

  4. And remember, you can’t give thanks without someone to give thanks to.

  5. Have a wonderfull day with your families and consider opening your heart to sombody who has no place to go on this day.

  6. Thanksgiving was not bad this year. Was invited to spend it with some friends and we all had a great time just hanging out.

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