Thursday, November 23, 2006


Some of the most worthwhile things in life to notice are often pointed out by my friends. In this case it was Nancy who mentioned a message on a neighborhood readerboard. Today, Thanksgiving 2006, it seems most appropriate. Even the blustery day with nearly freezing rain did not take the warmth and wisdom out of this message. Whether the format is considered pop culture or street talk, the content is a Christian Messsage.
On another note, some of you know my feelings about the modern trend to de-Christianize our nation and its history. Should you have any doubts about the faithful Christian character of the First President, take the time (and effort) to read his proclamation of an early Day of Thanksgiving, 1789.


By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America

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 favour; 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 TWENTY-SIXTH 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 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 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.

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 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, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington


At 6:33 AM, Blogger Kat said...

I'd love for all those pushing for seperation of church & state to read a few documents such as these.
What many fail to realize is this country & it's government were built around christianity with it's laws & morals. Starting with the pilgrims (puritans).
I am thankful for your blogging this John, this is a very important subject. The seperators have gotten the headlines too much the last few years. It is time for us, as christians to take a stand & proclaim ONE NATION UNDER GOD!
May God continue to bless America (even if she is turning her back on him)


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