Proclamations for Thanksgiving – George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

“The year that is drawing toward its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God… I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. . .” ~Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863.~

“It is such a wonderful blessing to all Americans that in our United States of America, the government has actually set a day aside to remember the blessings we have from above, from the Almighty God. This week, being the time that we celebrate Thanksgiving, recall that everything we have, everything we aspire to become, and everything that we desire from our God becomes more and more bountiful to us and sustained when we are truly thankful to God for what we currently have. The Apostle Paul in his letter to Timothy encouraged, “and having food and raiment let us be therewith content” (I Timothy 6:8).

Hebrews 13:5 (The Amplified Bible):*
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

Abraham Lincoln wrote the Proclamation for Thanksgiving amidst extreme turmoil within our country. There was pain and suffering everywhere and the country was being split in half; many people believed that Abraham Lincoln was the actual cause, yet his only true goal was to preserve the union of the United States under God. Not everything is obviously running smooth in our country or in the world; however, God’s healing Word encourages us to be thankful and to pray (I Timothy 2:1-3). Being thankful for our families, for our friends, for our standing as God’s own children, and to become thankful for all we have, can become our own proclamation for Thanksgiving.

Philippians 4:6 (The Amplified Bible):*
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

Colossians 2:7; and 3:15 (The Amplified Bible):*
-7: Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.

-15: And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

My prayer is that Thanksgiving may be for you a time of gratitude and praise for knowing God, His Son, His healing Word, and His living will. God has given to us so many things to be thankful for, perhaps more than we know, so let us have a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” ~LMJ~

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ — I Corinthians 15:57.

Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ — II Corinthians 2:14a.

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift — II Corinthians 9:15.

Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD — Psalms 150:6.

“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” ~E.P. Powell~

* Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permissoin.

Proclamation of National Thanksgiving, City of New York, October 3, 1789

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 [emphasis supplied]; 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 shown 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.

Go [George]. Washington