Thanksgiving 2013

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 tranquility, 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.

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 public 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 government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease 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 1789.

Go: Washington

Some 224 years later, there’s still a lot to be grateful for.

I am grateful for all that God has given me, for everything is His. That He has chosen to bestow good things upon us is amazing.

I am grateful for my family, my relatives and friends. I am grateful that I have a job and am able to provide for my family, with a roof over our heads, plenty of food on the table and warm clothes on our backs. I am grateful for our good health and the fact that we are able to share with others from our bounty.

I am grateful for the parents that God gave me.  They are the reason that I am who I am. I pray that they are enjoying their eternal rest and are seeing God face to face in Heaven.

I am grateful for Amateur Radio, a wonderful hobby that has given me countless hours of pleasure. It has also allowed me to meet many new people and call them my friends. I am grateful to all my readers, and that I am able to share this magnificent hobby with all of you.

From my house to yours, if you are in the USA and are celebrating Thanksgiving, I wish you the very best the day has to offer. To those of you from other parts of the world who are not necessarily enjoyng a holiday, please know that my best wishes are with you, always. May you too, enjoy God’s bounty and peace, as well as your family and friends.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 
My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34: 2-5

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “Thanksgiving 2013”

  • Shawn KD8RKJ:

    Thank you for posting this. I just read it aloud to my family. I’d read it many times before, but it’s always good to be reminded that the true meaning of this holiday has nothing to do with “Black Friday”

  • John KC4QJD:

    Thank you for your sincere remembrance and treasured witness to all of us.
    These illustrations and accompanying words serve as a solid foundation to each
    reader’s inner need for relevance during the commercial blitz.
    The Truth does set us free!!!!

  • Ned W8VFM:

    Thanks for the post concerning the true meaning for a National Day of Thanksgiving. What we see, read and hear from our media is quite the opposite. I read it to my daughters family at our dinner today. My grandchildren, at that dinner, did not know anything about the real meaning of Thanksgiving. It is our responsibility to teach our children and grandchildren the real meaning of our great national traditions. Our schools are failing in teaching these traditions, so it is in our hands to pass on these truths.

    Thanks again and God Bless you and your family.

    Ned W8VFM

  • Don WA4SPJ:

    Larry, I would just like to add a HUGE AMEN AND AMEN to your beautiful post concerning Thanksgiving. I was especially moved by your comment concerning the fact that HE owns it all. Sometimes we in the amateur radio community get so caught up in all “our stuff”, that we fail to realize to whom it really belongs. I would also like to offer you a very special and personal thank you for having the courage to post the first four verses of Psalm 34. May God be praised through the reading of His Word.

    May God’s richest blessings be upon you and your family.

    Don WA4SPJ

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