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Thanksgiving – George Washington

 

George Washington

George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving 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 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 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 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 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 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.
 

 

G. Washington (his actual signature)

 Happy Thanksgiving Week Everyone!  Have a very blessed week and remember to give thanks always!

Vicky

Don’t Worry!

You may remember the song with the lyrics “don’t worry, be happy” many years ago and everyone was singing it.  Can those lyrics of long ago apply to us today with an economy that’s ever changing, droughts, floods, the job market, etc?  How do you combine what we see and hear and apply scripture truths to them without seeming superficial?

Remember Paul is still confined in prison of sorts and while writing these scriptures. In Philippians 4 Paul offers some practical counsel and tells us to:

  • “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say REJOICE! (vs. 4)
  •  “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition WITH THANKSGIVING; let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God which surpasses every thought will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (vs. 6-7)

How can you rejoice when it looks like things seem so bad?  How do we not worry!!

In the gospels Jesus only had  a couple loaves of bread, a couple of fish and a miracle of all miracles happens!! The apparent insufficiency didn’t seem like enough to feed the l000’s… BUT GOD!  Jesus lifted up what he had, gave thanks to God, broke it and handed it to the disciples.  When the disciples themselves handed out what they had in their hands, the miracle takes place.  There were so many baskets full of leftovers.. all from a couple of fish and loaves of bread!  How can this happen?

The attitude with the miracle that happened with that lunch is exactly what, I believe, Paul is referring to in Philippians.  We can REJOICE because we know God is in control and we can trust in His promises!  When Paul tells us not to worry about anything.. he says IN EVERYTHING through PRAYER with THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known to God.  That’s exactly what Jesus did when He lifted up (what appeared to be insufficiency) to God, gave THANKS and God provided the miracle. 

When we take what seems to be insufficient/our circumstances/troubles in our lives to God and invite Him into our insufficiency, even when we don’t see how, and GIVE HIM THANKS, He will provide the peace that will guard our hearts and minds that surpasses all understanding because of what Christ did for us so many years ago.  FAITH!!  This isn’t necessarily a 4-step method as much as it is a heart full of gratitude to God who is bigger than any situation! He can give us peace in the storms of any situation and work it out better than we could ever imagine :)

Miracles weren’t just for many years ago; they’re for us today who believe!  What situation have you thanked Him for today and believe He will prove Himself faithful because you have trusted in Him more than any situation?

Vicky

Grateful!

From our house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you have a wonderful day with great food, family and friends;

filled with joy and laughter

along with promises for peace, happiness and most of all love!!

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
   his love endures forever.” (Ps. 118:1 NIV)

“One in a Long Line”

Gen. 17:1-11 “…This is my covenant which you are to keep between Me and you and your offspring after you: Everyone of your males must be circumcised” (vs. 10 – HCSB)

Welcome everyone to the beginning of Paul’s life!  So glad you decided to join us.  What a way to start a study :)  But as you continue to read along with us I believe it will make more sense than you think! 

The tradition of circumcision was something Saul’s father would make sure his son would be doing as a devout follower.  (As a side note, Paul’s name was originally Saul and wasn’t changed until later in his life).   Beth states “In a society where a child could be discarded as rubbish, nothing was more important to the Jew than offspring.  ‘His name is Saul!’ A perfectly noble name for a Hebrew boy from the tribe of Benjamin, named for the first king of the chosen nation of Israel.  A fine choice met with great approval.”(1)  A feast was prepared for just an occasion and the celebration ensued.  But what were they celebrating?  Yikes!  Really!

We all celebrate with traditions around special occasions.  There are many who continue the tradition of circumcision today.  But is it possible that this tradition may have more significance especially from a biblical perspective?  In all honesty I never stopped to think too much about it and personally don’t know too many people who celebrate with a feast afterwards.  So there’s got to be more and especially with “covenant” attached to it.   Circumcision includes different meanings according to dictionary.com:

  1. surgical removal of the foreskin of males for sanitary purposes
  2. spiritual purification
  3. RC Church  - the festival celebrated on Jan 1 in commemoration of the circumcision of Jesus

Different meanings for one word!   In reading scripture when “covenant” is mentioned it causes me to pause and take notice even though it was written 100′s of years ago.   What’s the  relevance today and does it matter the community who continue this tradition that seems to have been established so many years ago? 

Beth asks us “What role does ceremony and tradition play in your and your family’s life, especially your life of faith?”(2)  Thanksgiving, Chanukah (Hanukkah), Christmas, New Year’s are all right around the corner.  Are there traditions that you follow?  And why do you celebrate?

Vicky

1 & 2 – “Paul, 90 Days on His Journey of Faith”/Beth Moore/BHPublishing Group

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