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George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

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Psalm 95:1-3
1 “O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.”

2 “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.”

3 “For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving from World Events and the Bible.

Washingtons Thanksgiving Proclamation

Credit: Library of Congress

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. – Library of Congress

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  1. Thank you Brandon for the reminder. We were a nation founded by God fearing people. I read the book “The Light and The Glory” by Peter Marshall and David Manuel. Some of the things that occurred during the Revolution could only be done if the men prayed to our Heavenly Father before battle; such a time of fog when stealth was need or the time to much smaller American troops need ingenuity to make their numbers seem larger than what it was surprise was need to put fear into the British troops, in a tactic similar to Gideon. The freemason try to claim George Washington, as well as many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, but Washington did not join the freemasons until after he left public office. Even the ministers on the American shores were involved in the fight. They said “we have no king, but Jesus”! How far off course this country has gone, as we face an increasingly Anti-Christian culture. This as a call to spiritual weapons of war rather than physical that is what we need for the last battle. We cry for our country, but wait in hope has prophecies are fulfilled. His Word will be fulfilled as it is written. Praise His Holy Name.

  2. “….and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions….”

    We need to follow this model and ask God to forgive us. Not only for our sins as individuals, but for what the evil elements in our so-called “leadership” are doing and the effect it is having on our country. Jeshurun is taking a tumble.

  3. And a very *BLESSED THANKSGIVING* to you, your family and all my dear brothers and sisters in Christ…and your respective families! HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you *all*!

    Very appropriate for thanksgiving, Brandon…thanks so much for sharing those beautiful Scriptures and the Declaration by an American President!

    Allow me to share this fave of mine in Worship to our Loving Heavenly Father, in Christ Jesus…

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