And today…

Thanksgiving 2018

“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 the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed 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.

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.”

President George Washington – 1789

 

“Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length.”

Robert Frost

“To be truly human is to be thankful that roses have thorns.”

Richard Pressl

“I had no shoes and complained until I met a man who had no feet.”

-Indian Proverb

“Who cared if there was really any Being to pray to? What mattered was the sense of giving thanks and praise, the feelings of a humble and grateful heart.”

-Oliver Sacks

“Happiness is settling into your favorite old chair, with serendipitously-timely “new” old books, a cold beer, in the presence of undemanding friends and reassuring pastimes, and unpleasantly extreme weather on the other side of the door.”

-Anon

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.
Estonian proverb

“On this occasion of our Thanksgiving, we as a nation take rest from our labors to consider our divine blessings. We are thankful to our parents for life, to our system of government for our freedoms, and for the opportunity to contribute our efforts toward the greater good of the planet and all it’s inhabitants.”  –Thomas Roberts [ed]

 

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