With this coming Thursday being our national day of Thanksgiving, I’d like to take a moment to highlight portions of President George Washington’s 1789 proclamation on our first “General Thanksgiving”
” Now therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the twenty-sixth day of
November next, to be devoted by the people of these United 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 then all unite in rendering unto Him
our sincere and humble thanks for His care and protection of the people of this
country previous to becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the
favorable interposition 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
and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge, –and, in general,
for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.”
Today we are a witness to what may be considered as a devolution in our governance by those who tend demonstrate an autocratic attitude in their elected office. We have witnessed disregard for established law as seen by the rule through edict, and what many consider as an usurpation of powers that where granted to Congress alone!
I believe, that many have lost sight of that compass which is a “rule and guide for our faith and actions.” I encourage each of us to take into consideration of what we will face in the coming years, and the potential threat and loss of those liberties that so many have fought and died to defend.
We are a free people, we are a blessed nation. But, both gifts could be lost if we fail recognize and acknowledge His providence and blessings we have so richly received.
I wish all a happy thanksgiving!