Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all of you a fun time with food and family and love!!  Yet, in the midst of our celebrating, I pray we stop to remember, to bow our knees, and thank Almighty God for every blessing He has poured on us, our family, and our nation.

 Here's George Washington's proclamation that made Thanksgiving a national holiday!

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 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 which we experienced 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 hath 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 shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord--To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease 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


  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Ms. Tyndall! [=

  2. Thursday, November 25th, 2010,
    Morning, MaryLu.
    "W-O-W !!!" Oh, that the "present Congress" would read what was written back in 1789 !!! If only, they would turn back to what 'was' -- honourable, good, and true ! MaryLu ... the wording in this Proclamation 'should' put the White House and its Cabinet in utter shame with how far they have regressed !!! To think, that God was "once" so honoured and revered and worshipped and loved ! Again, 2 Chronicles 7:14 comes to mind: "If MY people ....."
    Thanks for sharing this, MaryLu.
    Again ... to you "all" in the great Country of The United States of America ... Have a most blessed, happy and 'thankful' Thanksgiving, with family and friends !!!
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I actually celebrated Thanksgiving on Tuesday with my children. Safe travels to those on the road. Thanks for the post, MaryLu.

  4. Thanks, Ladies! We had a wonderful thanksgiving despite our terribly dysfunctional family. LOL. But God is so good! I pray you enjoyed your time with family and friends.
    Brenda, do you celebrate any holidays similar to Thanksgiving in Canada??

  5. Fri Nov 26th,
    Heh again, MaryLu.
    Oh yes, we have our Canadian Thanksgiving ... usually falls on the second Monday of October ... calling it: "Thanksgiving Monday", and yes, it is a holiday.
    What is neat about today though (Nov 26th) ... because the Cndn stores do not particularly want us to cross the Border to go "Black Friday shopping" ... many of our stores are honouring the American prices on lots of items (but just for today only) ... to encourage us to shop at "home". Sooooooo, I've had fun today !!! (Plenty of great bargains !)
    Glad to hear you had a wonderful day yesterday !!! And speaking of "dysfunctional" .. is there "any family" on the Planet today, who is not in some way or other ... a tad dysfunctional ???
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley