The first Thanksgiving Day Proclamation was written by President George Washington on Oct. 14, 1789.
Washington noted the day was “[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.”
Washington proclaimed the day “[to] be devoted by the people of
“At his home in Mount Vernon, his prayer kneeler still sits next to his bed, where he kept a meticulous journal of his prayer life, reportedly spending two hours many evenings in prayer.”
Washington “understood, and spoke, and wrote often about the Divine intersection of events that brought the new Republic into existence, and what would ensure the continued blessings of liberty,” Giere wrote, adding that “today’s secularists and atheist apologists, constantly attacking and trying to strip religion and faith from every aspect of public life, have vapors every Thanksgiving, trying to pretend that the day was set aside as a generic celebration of sentimentality; begging the question, a Thanksgiving for what and to whom?”
Washington’s Thanksgiving proclamation was bold and clear. He wrote that the nation should give thanks 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.”
Giere concluded that our current president, “future presidential candidates and other public officials would serve a valuable role if they reintroduced, with vigor and depth, the historical role of civic faith in their own campaigns and declarations. And people of faith – the vast majority of Americans – should stand up in every available forum and take back their legitimate role in the civil society. They need to employ the same ‘in the street’ tactics of the radicals in courtrooms, community centers, and in elections; and start on their knees.”
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