Happy Thanksgiving! November 2015 Update

Dear friend,

This week marks a Christian holiday that figures prominently in America’s history – Thanksgiving Day.  Celebrations typically include family gatherings and feasting.  For some the day is bittersweet due to loved ones who have passed away since the last gathering.  The past few weeks my heart has been filled with a familiar song of praise from King David of Israel: 

Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.
(1 Chronicles 16:8-10)

Let us follow the example of our nation’s forefathers and focus our Thanksgiving on the One who deserves our thanks and praise – God our Creator who has blessed us with life and liberty.

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Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 178

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

President George WashingtonWhereas 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 and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

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Hey Conservatives! How’s That Paul Ryan Vote Working Out for You?

Prior to and immediately following the vote for Paul Ryan (R-Chamber of Commerce) to be the new Speaker of the House, I went on an Internet/social media rant fest decrying the shortsightedness of conservative House members, particularly members of the Freedom Caucus, who were willing to settle for Ryan, presumably for the sake of getting the Speaker selection over with. See here, here and here

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