We are gathered here as Your family. O Lord.

As a family of faith and love.

we give You thanks.

As Your guests at the table of life,

we are grateful that You have set a place for us.

As Your children,

we strive to follow You in all we do.

As servants to Your will,

we acknowledge the gift of Your understanding and mercy.

As Your stewards,

we are filled with wonder in the presence of Your might deeds

and accept our responsibilities in Your service.

As Your heirs,

we are humbled by the bounty You have given us,

for each beat of our heart and each breath that we draw,

is ours only through Your grace.

And, as Your family, we shout Your name

and give You all glory and honor, praise and thanks.




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


It has pleased ALMIGHTY GOD to prolong our national life another year, defending us with his guardian care against unfriendly designs from abroad, and vouchsafing to us in his mercy many and signal victories ove the enemy, who is of our own household. It has also pleased our heavenly Father to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their camps, and our sailors on the rivers and seas, with unusual health. He has largely augmented our free population by emancipation and by immigration, while he has opened to us new sources of wealth, and has crowned the labor of our working-men in every department of industry with abundant rewards. Moreover, he has been pleased to animate and inspire our minds and hearts with fortitude, courage, and resolution sufficient for the great trial of civil war into which we have been brought by our adherence as a nation to the cause of freedom and humanity, and to afford to us reasonable hopes of an ultimate and happy deliverance from all our dangers and afflictions.
Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may be then, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to ALMIGHTY GOD, the beneficent CREATOR and RULER of the Universe. And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid, that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust, and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the great Disposer of events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased him to assign as a dwelling-place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.
by: ABRAHAM LINCOLN, (died 1865) 16th President.
be sure to read the last paragraph. He believed God gave us this country to live in, just think. Now, would they read this in the Senate or House in this day and age? Sadly, they would not be able to read it in school now, would they?
The debt of gratitude we owe for God’s faithful love can be repaid only in a tow-sided coin: turning to God in thanksgiving and doing for others what has been done for us.
I thank you, Lord, with all my heart,
you have heard the words of my mouth
In the presence of the angels I will bless you.
I will adore before your hold temple.

I thank you for your faithfulness and love
which excel all we ever knew of you.
On the day I called, you answered;
you increased the strength of my soul/

All earth’s kings shall thank you
when they hear the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the Lord’s ways:
“How great is the glory of the Lord.!”

Glory to the Father, the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen, Alleluia!


I know at some point, when our family grew large enough, we started having large family dinners and playing football on Thanksgiving afternoon.  But before that, when I was really young and when I had only one brother, I also have those memories, they are just not as clear.

I know that before my parents had so many children that they had to move their bedroom downstairs to the dinning room (my house was large, but my grandmother lived with us) we had large family dinners in the dinning room.  That is when my mother took out all the good silver and silver serving trays. The Sat. before, us kids helped polish everything.  The good china was washed, the saw horses set up with boards across and on Thanksgiving day, we were ready. 

We always went to church Thanksgiving morning, then came home and helped our mother and father with cooking and setting up.  At some point, either Thanksgiving or Christmas,   some of my fathers family came over for wine and beer, around 11am and to visit.  I believe they then went home to a big dinner of their own, but maybe they were at our house for dinner also.  I know my father’s mother was there and  my mother’s mother, grandmother and sisters, husbands and our cousin came for dinner.  I remember prayers of Thanksgiving and us three[and after my sister came along four] kids sitting at the “children’s table”, a card table set beside the big one with all the pretty things. I also remember us kids, making name cards, drawing turkeys, etc for the table. Then helping set the table, knives and spoons on the right, forks on the left, etc. It had to be set correctly and my mother made sure we knew how.

That was before TV so I don’t remember what the men did after dinner, I suppose they sat in the living room and talked about sports while all the women were in the kitchen cleaning up and washing and drying dishes.  We are talking about probably 10 to 20 people in all.  I know it took awhile to clean up, then the women joined the men and we all talked. 

I know one thing, people talked a lot more then, people visited a lot more then, and no one had to text to find out how someone was, they called them on the phone, and when we all got together on Thanksgiving afternoon and Sunday afternoons we got caught up on everything that was going on. This is something that I hope the younger generation recovers, the joy of sitting in a living with family and just talking.