"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." Saint Francis De Sales

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Day

This is a beautiful day, warm and full of sunshine. Dee and I were up early to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner this afternoon. Mom showed up around 9:30 AM to work with Dee to prep the turkey and get it in the oven. My job was washing windows, cleaning bathrooms, setting the table and being available for those last minute things we may have forgotten.

It's quiet now because the grand children are not here yet. To get an idea of how that goes please read Jennifer Fulwiler's article this morning on the 'National Review Online.". She made me laugh because we experience similar activities in our home. I call it "controlled chaos." She reminded me how important it is to be thankful to God. Thankful for everything, not just those moments when my life has no challenges and I am at peace with family and friends.

George Washington presented the first Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789. I made a copy of it, read it and then highlighted how many times he referenced God, prayer and religion.

[New York, 3 October 1789]
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.

I am thankful that our first President had the belief in God and the understanding of the importance of Him and religion. We need to continue to practice and evangelize and to remind ourselves that God is our Savior.

Happy Blessed Thanksgiving.

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