Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving Friends

Thanksgiving is a public opportunity for Americans to bring the sacred into our lives. Our two greatest presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, understood this connection between the public and the private in their proclamations of Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

This article by the Claremont Institute explains.

They were proclaiming a holy day, a day for prayer and recognition of Almighty God's authority over man. Religious liberty is one of the blessings of constitutional government we must be thankful for. In this spirit, presidents, with the approval of Congress, have provided a public occasion for prayer—which is of course what a thanks-giving is.

We forget too easily the meaning of this national holiday as it was first established by George Washington on October 3, 1789 and reaffirmed as we know it today by Abraham Lincoln on October 3, 1863, exactly 74 years later. A glance at their Thanksgiving proclamations reminds us of the noblest purposes of government, including its greatest endeavors—fighting war and educating its citizens.

Washington urged prayer "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...." Prayer should also lead this nation of "civil and religious liberty" to "promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among [other nations] and us...." God and the human mind are in alliance.

Lincoln first paints a picture of a prosperous, free, and indeed flourishing land. These are the "gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American People." At the end of the proclamation, Lincoln asks for prayers of thanks but also with expressions of "humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience." Thus do we "commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers" in the war.

As our soldiers fight and die in Iraq and around the world, we should remember the wisdom of Lincoln and Washington on Thanksgiving Day. Guided by prayer, we should recall our higher purposes. We enjoy the fruits of our leisure this Thursday on account of the wisdom and sacrifices of others present and past.

God Bless our Troops.

Happy Thanksgiving friends. Click for a smile.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest Bill and Lee....
Hope you have a blessed and peaceful Thanksgiving......
Your friends.....
Dean and Angela

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Bill & Lee!

With Love from,
Eric, Tina & Anna

ps - Eric Jr. is expected to arrive sometime in February!!!

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


We hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving! We have a lot to be thankful for.

John and Rosemarie

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings Lee and Billy from Judy and Skip, (although Skip has no idea I am sending this yet...just wait till he checks his email which is 'rare'


Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don't want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they just take the rotten apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy.......

The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they're amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who's brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree. Share this with other women who are good apples, even those who have already been picked!

Now Men....

Men are like a fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it's up to women to stomp the shit out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.

Doesn't that just warm your heart...

3:21 PM  
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