First Thanksgiving - 1621

“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.”

In often acknowledging the “providence of almighty God”, our founding fathers left to posterity, a literal mountain of quoted words that recognized the guiding hand of God upon our nation.

The faith of their convictions came straight from the Judeo-Christian Bible. From 1620, until the  creation of public schools mid-eighteenth century,  Colonial children and later, American children  were taught at home or in church schools. Although, it is a little known fact today, the Bible was the child’s first elementary reader for the more than 200 years, before McGuffey’s Reader, written in 1836 came into use.  Between 1836 and 1960, 120 million copies were sold.  But most American children still continued to be instructed from the Bible, in church, at home, and in public schools.

Certainly, it is sobering that those earlier generations of America’s children knew God’s word better than is typical of today’s adults. By the words from the Good Book, those earlier Americans were sustained through perilous times. This made them a law abiding, God fearing, undivided, industrious people, and made our country great and good.  Other religions were  welcomed to our shores and  benefited as well by the generosity of the Christian mind.  Back then, no one would have dared to publicly attack the Christianity that laid the foundation for the greatness and goodness of  our country and made it a beacon to the world.

Now, our country is regressing because too many Americans have little or no comprehension of scripture, and haplessly, lack spiritual tools with which to face today’s problems that have been largely created by the secular mind. Oh, how far off track we’ve wandered since prayer was banned from public schools in 1962 by the Supreme Court. It was that court that was flipped from conservative to liberal by the only American president who ever ran for and was elected to, third and fourth terms.

In so doing, Franklin Roosevelt, who became president in 1933, ignored the sagacious words of George Washington, our first president.   In his final farwell address Washington cautioned  that more than two terms as president was reverting back to the rule of European monarchs from which our forebearers fled.  Alas for America!  Roosevelt, who died a few months into his fourth term is the only president ever to break Washington’s two-term precedent.  Because of Roosevelt we now have a court system that more and more is operating amok because of liberal judges consistently over-turning the will of local majorities as expressed at the polls.  Will the Supreme Court overrule Obamacare?  Or will the secular mind egregiously rule against the Constitution that the  conservative court of Roosevelt’s first term, judiciously protected?

Roosevelt’s Supreme Court prayer ban altered America’s course in history. With the Bible no longer allowed in public schools, each generation raised, since, has become more secular than the one before. This explains why the occupiers are content to spend their days contributing in public to the downfall of our once great country. They can’t roll up their sleeves and be constructive, because they don’t know how.  Their anger is amiss — as long as it is not  directed towards the liberal politicians and judges — who are complying with the long cherished anti-Christian goal of remaking America into an atheist country.

The misguided efforts of secularists – when completed – will cause to be removed, the restraining force from the law of our land, which many believe will occur when God’s obedient followers (the one true church) are removed instaneously from the world, and transposed to a far better realm for safe keeping, during the seven terrible years of tribulation that will end life on earth as has been known for six thousand years.  As Biblically prophesied (hundreds of times throughout the Bible) most end time prophecies have already occurred just as prophesied, with many now swiftly playing out on world stage), triggered by a maniacal mind that is determined not to relinquish its ill gained lock on the American psyche. Of course, those who have not read and studied the Bible in depth, haven’t a clue of what lies ahead.

How can the wise not bemoan that the awesome knowledge of the Bible continues to be stolen from so many young minds? Just think of how God’s eternal presence has been lessened in the mind’s of those unschooled in scripture! No longer do Court House lawns display the Ten Commandments that school children could once recite, that made Americans want to be good. Essential knowledge has been taken out of public domain, and the entire country suffers.

Today, from many of our leaders, we hear disingenuous, vacuous words rift with distortions, and void of fairness for conservatives.  The liberal words fall far short of the preemience that once rang in the halls of Congress when Godly words sustained Americans through perilous times.  Today, those leaders rely not upon God, but upon limited suppositions common to scripturally, unschooled minds.

Of secular importance, much to do was made this week, over sparing  two turkeys slated for the White House table.  Did anyone hear of any Thanksgiving Proclamation from the president?

Vocabulary words are, again, high lighted and left to be looked up in the dictionary by those desiring  the definitions.

Today’s post will end with some famous, prayerful words of  greats and unknowns from the past.  Remember, that it is in loving and embracing such words through which comes the real power of prayer.


“May the grace of Christ our Saviour,

And  the Father’s boundless love,

With the Holy Spirit’s favour,

Rest upon us from above.”

—John Newton


“The grace of God the Father and the peace of

our Lord Jesus Christ, through the fellowship

 of the Holy Spirit, dwell with us for ever.”

—John Calvin


“Go forth into the world in peace;

be of good courage;

hold fast that which is good;

render to no man evil for evil;

strengthen the fainthearted;

support the weak’ help the afflicted’ honour all men;

love and serve the Lord,

rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the

Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be

upon you, and remain with you for ever.”

—The Proposed Prayer Book, 1928


“Go in peace; and may the blessing of God

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit rest

on you and remain with you, this day

(night) and forevermore”

—Author unknown


” The Lord is not my servant, I am His. 

Let my prayers reflect this.”

—Author unknown


“Lord, give us faith that right

makes might.”

—Abraham Lincoln


“Keep us, Lord, so awake in the duties

of our callings that we may sleep in Thy

 peace and wake in Thy glory.”

—John Donne


“Almighty God, unto whom all hearts

are open, all desires known, and from whom

no secrets are his:  Cleanse the thoughts of

our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily

magnify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ

our Lord.  Amen.

—Book of Common Prayer”


“O God, help us not to despise or opose

what we do not understand.”

—William Penn


“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy

on me, a sinner.”

—The Jesus Prayer,

“The Eastern orthodox Church teaches that

 this prayer is to be said many times regularly

during the day.”


“Lord, make me see your glory in every




“Jesus, strengthen my desire to work and

speak and think for you.”

—John Wesley

 First Thanksgiving - 1621

“And therefore, I, William Bradford

(by the grace of God to-day,

And the franchise of this good people),

governor of Plymouth, say —

Through virtue of vested power —

ye shall gather with one accord,

And hold in the month of November,

thanksgiving unto the Lord”.

—The First Thanksgiving Day, 1621, Stanza 2