Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

As Thanksgiving day draws nearer, I find my excitement mounting! It is a special day.

Thanksgiving means mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie and all the other thanksgiving delicacies.

It means family and friends and traditions.

It is a day to remember the story behind thanksgiving and to be grateful for what our forefathers endured to make America.

It is a special day to count our many blessings, naming them one by one and seeing what the Lord hath done.

It is a day to spend some time "smelling the roses", being still, knowing that He is God.

It is a day to set our priorities straight if they aren't already, to do the best things first and the good things second.

It is a day to put the worries and stresses of life away and just reflect, relax and enjoy.

And so much more!

As a special treat, the 1789 Thanksgiving Proclomation by one of my favorite Presidents of the United States of America, 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.
~October 1789

May you each one have a most wonderful Thanksgiving day! After thanksgiving, I'll do a post on some of the things that I am thankful for this year.

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