MONTANA — Greetings from the Big Sky Country.
Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I pray the Lord will bless you richly.
This week I thought you might enjoy reading the first Thanksgiving Proclamation from an American President. It came at the request of both houses of Congress.
A sad thought … can you even imagine that our Congress today would ask the president to set aside a day of prayer and thanksgiving to God for anything?
Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation
[New York, 3 October 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 tranquillity, 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 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.
These words are worth considering today.
Here are some stories I found interesting last week. The first one shows how artificial intelligence can handle making appointments on the phone.
“Google’s AI Assistant Can Now Make Real Phone Calls” is a short video showing how AI can be used to make reservations. This video was made 3 years ago so you can be pretty sure the skills have improved.
These next two stories don’t lead to a feeling of thanksgiving, but they should encourage you to ask God — I believe they call that praying — ask God to forgive and heal our nation.
“Progressive Cities Give Paid Leave to Employees Who Get Abortions” by Patrick Hauf. If abortion is just a simple medical procedure to remove a mass of tissue why do people need time off? However, if it is the brutal murder of a baby, perhaps they do need some time off to recover from their part in the execution.
“Shock Report: CA Teachers Urge Recruiting Kids Into LGBT Clubs” by Hank Berrien. What are your children and grandchildren learning in school today?
Before I go I’d like to share a blessing with you from the Old Testament.
“May the Lord bless and protect you; may the Lord’s face radiate with joy because of you; may he be gracious to you, show you his favor, and give you his peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26 (The Living Bible)
Until next time … be the reason someone smiles today!