The Original Thanksgiving Proclamation That Was Given To Us By George Washington

Here now is the original Thanksgiving proclamation given to us by George Washington 230 years ago. You would do well to put Almighty God first in whatever celebrations you have on this and every year’s Thanksgiving day. Because you never know when Almighty God, who is amazingly longsuffering towards us, might just decide to take away the blessings that we, as a nation, no longer seem to be very grateful for.

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 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.

George Washington

Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789
Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789
George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789 Giving Thanks To The God Of The Bible Is In Stunning Contrast To The America Of 2019
 
The first Thanksgiving was on Thursday the 26th day of November in 1789 as George Washington gave honor, glory, praise, and thanks to the Almighty God of the Bible
I find it both ironic and heartbreakingly sad that, as I read the original thanksgiving proclamation of 1789 written by American president George Washington, that the nation he served so faithfully is stand poised to elect its first Socialist president should the Democrats be successful in 2020. And I am not talking about Bernie Sanders, I am talking about any of the Democrats now running for the nomination of their party. Not only have the Democrats become Socialists, but they are also decidedly anti-God and anti-Israel.
 
“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Psalm 9:17 (KJV)
 
The founding of America has been called the “great experiment”, and never before in our nation’s history has that experiment been so close to coming to an end. As I write this, a coup is underway by the Democratic Party in Congress right now to attempt to undo the election of 2016 and impeach a duly-elected sitting president. So as you celebrate Thanksgiving, a day set aside by George Washington to thank Almighty God for His blessings to us as a nation, just remember how very close it all is to coming apart. We have become an ungrateful and unthankful nation who has forgotten God, kicked Him out of our schools and courtrooms, and wonder why we are having such trouble here in the 21st century. Thanksgiving has become a near-meaningless secular holiday for ‘friends and family’ starting to call it ‘Friendsgiving’ with mere lip service paid to the Almighty God who provides the blessings we refuse to thank Him for.
 
“But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:” Proverbs 1:25-29 (KJV)
 
George Washington and Thanksgiving
 
Americans don’t know it and children aren’t taught it, but George Washington is responsible for our Thanksgiving holiday. It was our first president, not the Pilgrims and not Abraham Lincoln, who led the charge to make this day of thanks a truly national event.
 
On October 3, 1789, George Washington issued his Thanksgiving proclamation (picture above,) designating for “the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving” to be held on “Thursday the 26th day of November,” 1789, marking the first national celebration of a holiday that has become commonplace in today’s households.
 
While subsequent presidents failed to maintain this tradition, it was Washington’s original proclamation that guided Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation. In fact, Lincoln issued his proclamation on the same day, October 3, and marked the same Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, as Washington, setting Thanksgiving as the last Thursday of November after our first president’s example. The proclamation was printed in newspapers, including the October 9, 1789 issue of the Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser.
 
George Washington first mentioned the possibility of a national Thanksgiving Day in a confidential letter to James Madison in August 1789 (just months after taking office), asking for his advice on approaching the Senate for their opinion on “a day of thanksgiving.”
 
By the end of September 1789, a resolution had been introduced to the House of Representatives requesting that “a joint committee of both Houses be directed to wait upon the President of the United States, to request that he would recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving.” The committee put the resolution before the president and George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Proclamation within days.
 
George Washington knew the value of a thanksgiving day long before becoming our first president.
 
During the Revolutionary War, he would order special thanksgiving services for his troops after successful battles, as well as publicly endorse efforts by the Continental Congress to proclaim days of thanks, usually in recognition of military victories and alliances.
 
Even in the 18th century, the concept of thanksgiving was not new to the citizens of the new United States.
Colonists even before the Pilgrims often established Thank Days to mark certain occasions. These one-time events could occur at any time of the year and were usually more solemn than the Thanksgiving we observe today, emphasizing prayer and spiritual reflection.
 
Thanksgiving was not made a legal holiday until 1941 when Congress named the fourth Thursday in November as our national day of thanks in answer to public outcry over President Roosevelt’s attempt to prolong the Christmas shopping season by moving Thanksgiving from the traditional last Thursday to the third Thursday of November. Source
 
So, please remember it is a Thanksgiving to our Almighty God! It’s not just a secular day called Friendsgiving!
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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