Anchored In Him ~ I Am Thankful


I'm mindful of the blessings
that come my way each day.
My heart is overflowing each
time I kneel to pray.

I am thankful for the seasons;
each one's a masterpiece. I am
allowed to work the land, but
God still holds the lease.

I'm grateful for the friendships
that brighten sorrow's way,
because my cup of happiness
sustains me every day.

I love the children and the
flowers that decorate my life
and the quiet gentle hours
free from worry and strife.

I'm grateful for the eyes that
see the beauty of it all.
Because God's been good to me
and blessed me through it all.

I'm thankful for the little things
that fill my life with love.
The best things in life are free,
they come from God above.

Author Unknown

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 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 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 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 enable 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 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
show 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 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.
George Washington

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