After today’s show, I am going to unplug for the entire holiday weekend, so there won’t be much update – unless something big happens or I get really bored. I am really looking forward to some family time and out of town visitors, so hopefully I will concentrate on that, and let the show stuff wait until Monday. Hopefully you will also be able to spend some quality time with family or friends.
The truest meaning of Thanksgiving is the the thanks we give to G-d for our nation. But Washington added another element, that of service to G-d as a part of his proclamation. It’s important, I think, to understand that each of us has been given an extraordinary gift – that of living in the greatest and most free nation ever established. And to maintain it, we have to be about the work assigned to us. Some may not see being a patriotic, involved citizen as doing the work of G-d, but Washington did. And that is good enough for me.
Later, President Lincoln would look about the nation in the midst of a great Civil War and see not the destruction of the land, but the bountiful blessings of the LORD. He too would ask the nation to pause and give thanks for all that we had received. And to pray for healing, forgiveness and for peace.
Lastly let me remind you that John and I are very thankful that you allow us three hours of your time each weekday. It is humbling to know that what we do provides so many of you with entertainment, encouragement and a little bit of laughter. We are very grateful to each and every one of you.
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 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 favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, 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 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 trangressions; 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 third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.