George Washington Proclamation of Thanksgiving

George Washington reason behind a national day of thanksgiving to God

I am thankful for you!

Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for allowing me to share my heart and ministry with you. I am thankful that you have a heart for the things of God and that you are seeking to know Him better and walk more closely with Him.

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I pray our hearts will be filled with thanksgiving. Yes, as we celebrate a day, but also as you celebrate life, may thanksgiving become a way of life.

I pray that we will practice a living thankfulness that is cultivated and enriched by exercise of expression. Expression that touches heaven and enters God’s throne. Thankfulness that causes us to stop, drop to our knees and realize how blessed we really are. That our gratitude would be expressed with thanksgiving to the source, God,  Who is the giver of every good and perfect gift.



A Little Thanksgiving Day History

While thanksgiving as a celebration had its roots much deeper and longer ago than the Pilgrims, America’s Thanksgiving finds its roots and orgins there. Yet our honorable first president made a proclamation that clearly defines the reason America needed and still needs a day to give thanks. This is the transcription of George Washington’s Proclamation in 1789. However, I broke it into phrases to clarify what he is saying, so I could get the full impact of his words. I wanted to share it with you.


President George Washington Proclamation of Thanksgiving

George Washington reason behind a national day of thanksgiving to GodWhereas 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 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 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.

Prepared by the Division of Cultural History,
National Museum of American History,
in cooperation with Public Inquiry Services,
Smithsonian Institution

One thought on “George Washington Proclamation of Thanksgiving

  1. Debra Whitehead says:

    I am thankful for you and your ministry, Pat! You have imparted more to my life than you will ever know! Thank you for sharing this. Happy Thanksgiving! ??❤️

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