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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

Last year when I posted my Thanksgiving message I was waiting in Virginia for my wife and son to drive out to visit me, through a snow storm. If you've never driven I-68 with snow on it, you'll never understand my worry the night before while waiting for them.

This year, I guess I get to start with being thankful the whole family is together once again. Though I'm traveling for work, more than I'd like the last few weeks, we are still together the majority of the time, and I am pretty happy about that.

The other day I heard the original Thanksgiving Proclaimation, as written by George Washington in 1789. It struck me that his words are as true today as they were 217 years ago, so instead of my usual sappy Thanksgiving message, I'll give you George's words.

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.

Hopefully the folks in Washington will read his message, because it has a message for government, the people, and the world in it.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy the company you are with, give thanks for your friends and family, and offer a prayer for someone in need, and a hand to someone who could use it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Post. The reality of our true founding fathers is forever demonstrated in this message. God and America have been intertwined since day one.

Happy thanks giving to you too, Bob. If your with family, your with your greatest gift on earth.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perfect post!

Happy Thanksgiving, Bob. :)

1:08 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Why do Atheists celebrate Thanksgiving?

7:52 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Nice. Gives me a reason to remember why it's so great to be an American.

Hope you had a nice holiday, Bob.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Thanks all, and I hope each of you had a great day yesterday also.

To answer your question, Shoprat, they are thankful they live in a country they are free to be athiests in.

9:59 PM  

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