Thanksgiving – a Government Holiday to Give Thanks to God!

Below is a copy of the FIRST Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789, given by then President George Washington.  It reminds us how sad it is that our great country has moved so far away from God since then. Can you imagine our government creating a holiday to acknowledge and give thanks to God today?

Our country’s founding fathers not only had strong faith in God, they honored him by basing the creation of this country on his laws and statutes and worked to ensure that government would always be subject to HIS authority. Can we say that is true today? A government that is not subject to any authority is only subject to itself and its own preservation. Yikes… is that one frightening thought!

Please take a moment and read the proclamation of George Washington as we approach the wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  Many of us still celebrate this day in honor of our country and the awesome, powerful God it was intended to honor.

Can you imagine our government creating a holiday to acknowledge and give thanks to God today?

This historic proclamation below was issued by George Washington during his first year as President. It sets aside Thursday, November 26 as “A Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer.”

Signed by Washington on October 3, 1789 and entitled “General Thanksgiving,” the decree appointed the day “to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.”

The Proclamation

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 shown 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 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.

George Washington

Comments

  1. It is always great to read something about the magnificent George Washington.

    Regards, Micheal

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