It’s close enough to Friday…

Therefore, here’s an early edition of “Talking Points with the Founding Fathers”…

As many of you gather with friends and family this Thanksgiving, take time to be thankful for all we have as Americans – freedom, liberty, and individualism.  Make sure you tell your family and friends you love them.  None of us  is guaranteed tomorrow.

Please bow your head and pray for the many soldiers who will be spending Thanksgiving eating a turkey in a mess hall or surrounded by bullets and bombs.  Yet they do it everyday.  And for whom?  You and me.

In honor of Thanksgiving, it is fitting to be reminded on the Thanksgiving proclamation George Washington made in 1789.  And 221 years later, these words still sound sweet. Please read it below.

Happy Thanksgiving.


General Thanksgiving

By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America

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 3rd day of October, A.D. 1789.



About Patrick Henry

"Give me liberty, or give me death!"
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1 Response to It’s close enough to Friday…

  1. Patrick;

    Thank you for this solemn reminder that all our blessings come from Almighty God, not from the constructs of man. We owe our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ our sincere thanks for His atoning sacrifice for our transgressions and for granting us the opportunity to serve Him in this, the greatest country of the world. I pray all will bow and give him thanks throughout this busy holiday weekend. To my fellow founding fathers and the faithful readers of this blog…may God richly bless you all!


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