Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Thanksgiving Day Proclamation!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends (and to all who are thankful)!

Last Saturday, my husband was at the Shiele Museum reenacting a Colonial Thanksgiving.  He will be a messenger (the means by which news was sent in the 1700''s)  sent to read the Proclamation of Thanksgiving given by then President George Washington.  I thought you might enjoy reading it because you won't find it in today's history books, nor will you hear it from our White House. 

Oh how far we have fallen!

Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
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 favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, 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 supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; 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 third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
Go. Washington

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!



Stacy Morgan said...

Grace this is wonderful and yes if we could just apply and adhere to what we once thought, can you imagine how our world would be today! I posted this on my blog and gave you credit girlie. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

PatsyB said...

I often wonder what George Washington would think of what America has become! Or better yet, what does our Lord think of what we have done with His beautiful earth and all of His blessings? Makes me very sad!

Patty Sue 2 said...

Thank you for posting this. My family and I were talking today of how far we as a nation have turned from our Lord. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for sharing!

Bobbi Miller said...

Beautiful Grace....this is just beautiful, and it humbles us all. God is Great! And we should remember that! And be thankful for everything we have, for there are those who has nothing at all.

Bobbi Miller said...

(oops.... terrible typo...) it should say. "for there are those who have nothing at all". ... a slip of the finger in my typing. so sorry! And to think, grammar was my best subject!

Unknown said...

Thank you Grace for sharing this wonderful address from one of our founding fathers of this great nation. It brings to mind the following scripture: 2 Chronicles 7:14 - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Mickie said...

Thank you Grace for posting this!!!

SarahGeorge said...

Thanks for sharing this with us Grace.