In October 3, 1789, 212 years ago, President George Washington, with the encouragement of  both houses of Congress, declared a National Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer.  We have celebrated this holiday ever since by gathering families together and praying in home and church.  But slowly the meaning of Thanksgiving has faded over the years. 

On September 11th, 2001 our country was attacked and suddenly we were reminded we have much to be thankful for.  Again our government is reminding us to pray together. 

Pray not only in thanks but pray for those lives that were lost and for those who were left behind. 

Pray for those who are forever marked by the events of that terrible day emotionally. 

Pray for those who are fighting to keep us free and safe. 

Pray for our President George W. Bush, who has many hard decisions to make now and in the future to keep our country safe.

Pray also for peace around the world and to bring the remaining mia/pow's home.

The First Thanksgiving Proclamation
By George Washington
New York, NY
October 3, 1789


General Thanksgiving,


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 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 PUBLICK 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 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 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 third day of October, in the year or our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.      

          George Washington


While reading this I noticed how the words seem to fit again. Or should I say still? 



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