THANKSGIVING BY WASHINGTON

THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION BY GEORGE WASHINGTON

Where 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.”

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 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 has 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 shown kindness to us,) and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; 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.

by George Washington, Oct. 3, 1789

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PRAYER FOR THANKGIVING

Tobit 12:6: THANK GOD! Give him the praise and the glory.  Before all the living, acknowledge the many good things he has done for you, by blessing and extolling His name in song.  Before all men, honor and proclaim God’s deeds, and do not be slack in praising him.

HYMN:

NOW thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,

Who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;

Who from our mother’s arms has blessed us on our way

With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

 

WHERE DO THE CANDIDATES STAND ON LIFE?

NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE RATED ALL THE CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT ON: WHERE DO THEY STAND ON LIFE?

They were rated on 3 issues:

1. Roe v. Wade/Abortion: abortion on demand has been the law since 1973, resulting in more than 57 million abortions.

2. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: S 1553 the Act would prohibit abortions after the unborn child is capable of feeling pain from abortion,(with narrow exceptions)

3. Government Funding for Abortion Providers: S1881 would end all federal funding of the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. The money would be given instead to women’s health service providers.

ALL REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES ARE AGAINST ABORTION, including Trump. All Rep. Candidates would vote for S1553, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks, when a baby feels paid,as an important step toward protecting unborn children. including Trump. All Republicans would end Govt. funding for Planned Parenthood, except Trump who has gone both ways.

ALL DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES SUPPORT THE CURRENT POLICY OF ABORTION ON DEMAND. Bernie Sanders has maintained a solid pro-abortion voting record, voting against the pro-life position more than 100 times in his federal legislative career. Hillary C. maintains a 0% pro-life record, voting against the pro-life record on every vote. They all voted AGAINST THE PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BAN ACT at every opportunity. This means they do not care if the child can feel pain after 20 weeks, they still support abortion on demand for any reason. All the Democrat Candidates voted against defunding Planned Parenthood.

NOW I KNOW DEMOCRATES WILL SAY IT IS ODD THAT REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES ALL ARE AGAINST ABORTION, ETC.  HOWEVER, NOW THAT SCIENCE SHOWS LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION, AND OUR LAWS IN THIS COUNTRY PUT MUDERERS IN JAIL, HOW COULD ANY THINKING PERSON BE WILLING TO VOTE FOR ABORTION? AND THEN VOTE TO ALLOW A UNBORN CHILD THAT FEELS PAIN TO ALSO BE ABORTED?  IT IS UNTHINKABLE.

I FIND THIS A LITTLE ODD.  IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT IN ORDER TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AS A DEMOCRAT THE CANDIDATE HAS TO BE FOR ABORTION AND FOR ALLOWING PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION, EVEN IF THE BABY FEELS PAIN AFTER 20 WEEKS. AND EVEN AFTER SEEING ALL THE NEWS ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD, INCLUDING SELLING BABY PARTS, THEY ALL STILL WANT TO FUND THE ORGANIZATION.

Now, I did read the other day that Planned Parenthood, an organization that gets, I believe about 50% of it’s funding from our taxes, has a PAC that gives millions to back Democrats running for office.  HOW CAN THIS BE LEGAL?  Is it our taxes funding the PAC?

 

 

 

THE CHURCH, MATER DRAMATIS

by Anthony Esolen

THE DRAMA OF FREEDOM

If we are only dust, or brutes, if we have no free choice, if the world has no meaning, then life is merely absurd, and drama is impossible.  The Christian message is that we are dust destined for glory or misery; that God is present and at work fully in every millimeter of space and every moment of time; that time is the moving shadow of eternity.

Think of the drama in the Gospels! Peter hauls in the load of fish over the side of his boat, having set out again on the water, and not too happy about it either, at the instance of a stranger, a carpenter.  “Lord,” he says to Jesus, depart from me; I am a wicked man.” And if Peter had insisted, what then?

“Sell all you have, give it to the poor, and come, follow me,” says Jesus to the rich young man, whom he looked upon with love, And the youth walked away, because his possessions possessed him. The camel could not squeeze through the needle’s eye. And if he had stayed, what then?

“Saul, Saul,” cries the Lord to the Pharisee flat on the ground, “why do you persecute me?” And if Saul had justified himself, what then? “Do you have no fear of God or man?” says one of the thieves crucified upon Calvary. “We committed the crimes for which we are punished, but this man was innocent.”  And if his fellow thief had turned to Jesus? “Zacchaeus,” says Jesus to the diminutive tax collector, “I am having supper at your house tonight!” And if the fellow had never climbed the tree?

We are compassed roundabout with so great a play of mysteries!

THE ONLY DRAMA THERE IS

Maybe we can go farther still and say that all drama is a version of THE DRAMA, the one that BEGINS WITH CREATION AND ENDS IN JUDGMENT, WHOSE KING AND CENTER IF THE HEART OF JESUS CHRIST.

…….IN THE END THERE IS ONLY ONE DRAMA-IS, WAS, AND EVER WILL BE.

Anthony Esolen is professor of English at Providence College, a senior editor of Touchstone Magazine, and a regular contributor to Magnificat.

CITIZENS OF HEAVEN LIVING AS CITIZENS ON EARTH by Pat Gohn

If you are baptized, you are a citizen of heaven-your true home. The saints-the citizens of heaven who have arrived there ahead of us-are cheering us on! While the saints remind us of all we could be, more importantly they should remind us of all we are.

No mater where we are on the earthly political spectrum-Democrat, Republican, Independent, or some other political affiliation-we need to stay connected to the primary Gospel truth regarding our CHRISTIAN CITIZENSHIP.

By virtue of our Christian baptism, we are born into the family of God. It is an indelible reality that cannot be washed off our soul.  It’s like spiritual DNA; we are born with it and it cannot change. …………………………..

What is wrought by baptism is a continual attachment to the Body of Christ and the Church. St. Paul writes:  “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ”(Philippians 3:20)…………………………….

Indeed, “the first calling of the Christian is to follow Jesus”(Catholic Catechesism 2253). And the Church, for its part, is not to be confused with the political community, yet it is to “respect and encourages the political freedom and responsibility of the citizen”(CCC,2245)

FIVE DUTIES OF CITIZENS

  1. BE SUBJECT AND COLLABORATE WITH AUTHORITIES. It is a Christian’s duty to voice “just criticisms of that which seems harmful to the dignity of persons and to the good of the community” (CCC,2238)
  2. CONTRIBUTE “TO THE GOOD OF SOCIETY IN A SPIRIT OF TRUTH, JUSTICE, SOLIDARITY, AND FREEDOM.”  Love and service of one’s country follows the larger duties of gratitude and charity.  Good citizens ought “to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community” (CCC,2239)
  3. TAKE CO-RESPONSIBILITY WITH AUTHORITIES FOR THE COMMON GOOD. Supporting the common good includes the moral obligation to “pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country” (CCC,2240)
  4. WELCOME IMMIGRANTS. Prosperous nations have an obligation to welcome foreigners seeking security or jobs that cannot be found in their country of origin. “They have a natural right, as guests, to protection.  “Authorities, for the sake of the common good…may make (immigration) subject of various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens”
  5. THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO FOLLOW LAWS THAT CONFLICT WITH AN UPRIGHT CONSCIENCE. “Armed resistance to oppression” (CCC,2243) is a last resort only when specific criteria are met.  “The citizen is obliged in conscience not to follow the directives of civil authorities when they are contrary to the demands of the moral order, to the fundamental rights of persons or the teachings of the Gospel. REFUSING OBEDIENCE to civil authorities, when their demands are contrary to those of an upright conscience, finds its justification in tCCChe distinction between serving God and serving the political community. ‘Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Matthew 22:21),(CCC,2242)
WE ARE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN WITH A DIGNITY AND A HOLY RESPONSIBILITY BEYOND OUR ALLEGIANCE TO THE COUNTRY LISTED ON OUR PASSPORT. LET US “STAND FOR THE LORD” (Philippians 4:1)
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Jesus did not say following him would be easy, but He did say the reward-Heaven- would be worth it.  BE SURE TO STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE, EVEN IF IT IS HARD. God Bless you all.

THE PRAYER OF JABEZ—MY TERRITORY- CONT’D

AND JABEZ CALLED ON THE GOD OF ISRAEL SAYING, “OH, THAT YOU WOULD BLESS ME INDEED, AND ENLARGE MY TERRITORY, THAT YOUR HAND WOULD BE WITH ME, AND THAT YOU WOULD KEEP ME FROM EVIL, THAT I MAY NOT CAUSE PAIN.”   SO GOD GRANTED HIM WHAT HE REQUESTED.

It all seems very clear cut except:  My Territory, what does that mean???

This book is written by “Bruce Wilkinson”. the following is from THE PRAYER OF JABEZ DEVOTIONAL.  “Not long ago I heard from a woman named Shannon in Arkansas who had started praying the Jabez prayer.  “I’ve been given the opportunity to witness to more nonbelievers and to simply help more people in distress than at any time since I first became a Christian,” she wrote. Her letter made it clear that she still held the same job, lived in the same family, and pretty much went through the same daily routines.  But somehow her life had changed–so much so that she signed off: ‘I need to start keeping a journal of what is happening. I am sure even I would be surprised.'”

Shannon is reaching for new territory in her life, and God is answering. You might be wondering what “territory” would mean in your case.  Would it mean you have to sign up for more work at church? Start preaching from a street corner? Go to Zanzibar as an evangelist? You may not sense any insight into how to pray or what to expect.

If you are asking this question today, the answer is simple and startling.  Your territory is the whole world.  Jesus said, “Go into all the world and pr3each…” You don’t have to worry then if you’re praying or desiring something God doesn’t want. It is His will to touch the whole world. And you need more territory to do it……………………”

“I encourage you to ask God to show you an entry point for “the whole world” today.  It might be your own beautiful children. It might be a needy person in your neighborhood or at work. It might be someone from another culture–across the street or on the other side of the globe. It might be a whole nation.”

“How you reach your “whole world” is likely to be entirely unique to you.  Soon after Glenda, a San Diego children’s writer, starting asking God to expend her borders, she got a teaching job with the institute of Children’s Literature. “God has blessed me indeed!” she told me. “For me, writing for children is a way of loving them with words.”

“look again at the reports from Shannon and Glenda. I see two key words. For Shannon, it is opportunity. She’s still faithfully living her life in Arkansas, but she’s noticing new opportunities…conversations, contacts, actions that pop up during her day. For Glenda, I see the word LOVE. Her writing and teaching gifts are an expression of a central passion in her life–loving kids.”

“If you’re not sure where your larger territory is today, ask yourself two simple questions: 1.WHAT is my overlooked opportunity? 2.WHAT is my enduring passion?”

“Open your eyes and look at the fields!” Jesus pleaded. “They are ripe for harvest.” Always, God wants to begin with you NOW. He’s not waiting for you to become someone else before He can use you.  He’s not waiting for you to go somewhere else.”

“Your Father knows you intimately, and He has already given you strategic opportunities, passions, interests, and capabilities. These are the starting points for how He will touch the world through you.”

ALONG WITH THE PRAYER START YOUR DAY THIS WAY:  “Open my eyes today, Lord, to see the larger life You’re calling me toward.”  Then be prepared for more than you asked for or expected.”

If you want to read more about the Jabez Prayer or Take the Thirty-One Day challenge, The Books on the Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson are available on Amazon and other book site.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE-CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND THIS COUNTRY.

THE PRAYER OF JABEZ, cont’d

If Jabez were around today he’d be quick to tell you that his little prayer holds no special powers or magical words. But he would also tell you that if you want to step into God’s greater purpose for your life–no matter how unpromising your circumstances might be right now–and you want to seize God’s extravagant best for you with all your heart and mind and will, then you’re just a prayer away.

Personal change begins for each of us when we cry out to God for what God wants for us with open hands and expectant hearts. We make our bold request and wait before our loving Father. Miracles begin here too. And from my own life I can assure you that they will continue as long as you wait before Him with courage and childlike trust.

As you come before the Lord expectantly each day and pray to Him in both desperation and trust, your own story will change. You’ll see new beginnings and new opportunities. You’ll think new thoughts. The course of your life will shift.

Remember that you are in full pursuit of blessing from a God who can “do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20) To Him be the glory!

MAY THE LORD GUIDE AND STRENGTHEN YOU AS YOU WALK FORWARD WITH HIM–AND BLESS YOU INDEED!

BY Bruch Wilkinson

THE PRAYER OF JABEZ

AND JABEZ CALLED ON THE GOD OF ISRAEL SAYING, “OH, THAT YOU WOULD BLESS ME INDEED, AND ENLARGE MY TERRITORY, THAT YOUR HAND WOULD BE WITH ME, AND THAT YOU WOULD KEEP ME FROM EVIL, THAT I MAY NOT CAUSE PAIN.”

So God granted him what he requested.

FIND OUT TOMORROW NIGHT WHAT “MY TERRITORY” ACTUALLY MEANS.