Survival-Pax Blog: Happy Thanksgiving - Remember What to be Thankful For & Whom to Thank

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving - Remember What to be Thankful For & Whom to Thank

I wanted to start by wishing all of you, on behalf of Survival-Pax, a very Happy Thanksgiving, full of good food and good wholesome time spent with those that you love.

An artist's rendition of the first Thanksgiving celebration.
Thanksgiving is a day to step back, think of all of the things that we should be thankful for, and give thanks to whom it's due.

Now we all are somewhat familiar with the history of Thanksgiving. We are familiar with the pilgrims celebrating their first year's survival and harvest with a feast. The feast was celebrated with the natives that were here, they ate turkey and wore funny hats and dresses. We all remember that from first grade.

While it may have been similar, to get a feel for how early Americans thought and celebrated, it's good to go back to the source. Before I continue, I wanted to let all of you read a speech given in November of 1789 by one of our Founding Fathers, our first President, George Washington.

Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

George Washington taking a knee in prayer.
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 favour; 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 PUBLICK THANSGIVING 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 TWENTY-SIXTH 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 sasety 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 favours 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 publick 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 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 third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington


Don't forget to enjoy the turkey!
We have so many things to be thankful for, despite the economy and the state of the world today. Most of us in this nation still have food in our bellies, a roof over our heads and people who love us dearly. Heck, if you're reading this, you have access to the internet, something that many people in other parts of the world can only dream of.

It's so easy to focus on something that is troubling us. This causes us to despair and forget about all that is going right in our life. We are alive, which is a very precious gift.

Now, we must also remember whom to thank, because that's what this Holiday is all about. The one who deserves our thanks more than anyone is Almighty God, as George Washington said. The Founding Fathers knew this, as their documents are full of thanksgiving and honor to the Almighty for the many blessings bestowed upon this great Nation. It's our National motto after all, "In God We Trust".

We should thank our parents for giving us life. We should thank our friends for being there for us, our coaches, teachers and anyone who has helped us become the people who we are today. We should also remember and thank those who came before us, the ones upon whose work and effort we now stand on, the ones who helped this nation become the great nation that is now is.

Again, we have a lot to be thankful for. I know I sure do...

Take care, God bless and enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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1 Comments :

  • Very good post Simon, we have much to be grateful for and we should never take what we have for granted: water from the tap, insulated shelter with light on demand, flushing toilets and hot showers with soap.

    p.s Keep up for hard work!

    ~Kevin

    By Blogger izhmash47 , At November 27, 2011 at 8:19 PM  

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