pumpkins and sunflower lo resToday I am thankful for many things but mostly for the blessed assurance I have in Christ. My prayer today is that God may richly bless all my friends and family with the fervent embrace of salvation in Jesus Christ alone.

In honor of Thanksgiving I thought I would share the proclamation given by George Washington on October 3, 1789:

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.

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About lisasalan

I am a watercolor artist that loves to dabble in other media and materials. I particularly love rendering God’s amazing creation, be it animals, flowers, autumn leaves or landscapes. My website is Among my Faithful Friends are my wonderful husband and precious daughter, two darling dogs and a beloved Persian kitty. And, of course, my most True and Faithful Friend is my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Please visit
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2 Responses to Gratitude

  1. chazdesimone says:

    This is not only a beautiful piece of artwork and a profound writing, but also an important history lesson. How many people, including myself, had no idea Thanksgiving was created as a holiday by George Washington, at the very birth of our nation, and so specifically and emphatically proclaiming the thankfulness goes to The Almightly God.
    I am thankful for knowing people like you, Lisa, and your beautiful family.

    • lisasalan says:

      Thank you, Chaz. I am so very thankful, too, for knowing you. Isn’t it true that our friendships and family are the most cherished gifts we receive from God? I hope you enjoyed those along with some delicious provisions yesterday!

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