Old George

In respect to the first Thanksgiving of the 21st Century, cialis generic health   ponder the content of George Washington’s Thanksgiving declaration  over 200 years ago.

“Whereas, cialis sales for sale it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Sovereignty  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 (signs)  of Almighty God, especially to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.  Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November to be devoted by the people of these States to be the service of that great and glorious Being (God), who is the Benefit Author (Creator) of all the good that was, that is , or will be.” ( Official Holiday Declaration  October 3, 1789)

There were so many great things George Washington did for our country.  His military skill and perseverance as our first President established America as one of the greatest nations the world has ever seen.   But George was more than just a great military strategist or politician, he was truly a man of God who did every thing he could to influence America to embrace  a saving faith.   Some have argued that Washington was a Deist.  A Deist is one who only accepts God on the basis of nature and reason, not on the supernatural revelations laid out by Christianity.  A Deist would reject the Bible as God’s revelation.  A Deist would never pray to Christ.   But listen to the words of George Washington when he was a young man.   These quotes come from a prayer journal he wrote when he was 23 years of age.

Monday’s Prayer

“Thou gave Thy Son to die for me; and hast given me assurance of salvation, upon my repentance and sincerity to conform my life to His holy precepts and example.  O God, pardon me for Christ’s sake, instruct me in the particulars of my duty, and suffer me not to be tempted above what Thou divest me strength to bear.   Bless my friends and grant me grace to forgive my enemies as heartily as I desire forgiveness of Thee my heavenly Father.”

George Washington could have been content being our greatest military leader or President, but his goals went far beyond those objectives.   Washington like many of our other forefathers wanted our nation to be truly under God’s guidance.   So when you celebrate Thanksgiving with your family this year think of what one man’s faith did.  Perhaps your sons or daughters  will accomplish mighty things for God in the 21st Century.

Teachable Moment

Before Thanksgiving dinner is served develop a family acrostic with your children.   Make a poster or banner with this acrostic and post it outside where your neighbors can see.

T Transforming power of God  (Psalm 40:2)
H Holiness (Rev. 4:8)
A A present salvation (Romans 10:9-10)
N New Life (2 Cor. 5:17)
K Keeping Power (John 10:28)
S Shelter from the stormy blast (Psalm 61:3)
G Gift of His Son (2 Cor. 9:15)
I Inner peace (John 14:27)
V Victory  (I Cor. 15:57)
I Inheritance (Col. 1:12
N Nearness to God  (Ephesians 2:13)
G God’s goodness (I Chronicles 16:3)