Give thanks!

Give thanks! November 21, 2012

I’m taking off for Thanksgiving, but before I go I want to give thanks–for youse guys! I’m typically in the thick of arguing about some idea or other and don’t take as much time as I ought to simply say how much I appreciate all you faithful readers who have been so generous with your time, readership, considerable brains, patience with my errors, prayers, and even moolah on those occasions when things have been tight. Your words of encouragement, rebuke, counsel, information, humor and even anger have been gifts. God has been good to us at Chez Shea and no small part of his gift has been the gift of each of you. As we head into the Thanksgiving weekend, may God bless you and yours as you have blessed us Shea through our Lord Jesus Christ.

I’m gone till Monday, but I’m leaving this open and inviting everybody to use this space to talk about what they give thanks for, and to offer a prayer of thanks.

Thanksgiving Proclamation

New York, 3 October 1789

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

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.

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  • dpt

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • rachel

    Happy Thanksgiving Mark and God bless you and your family 🙂

  • SteveP

    Happy Thanksgiving, Mark. I am thankful that I’ve the privilege, given by God, to stand in the presence of Christ Jesus.

  • Kate

    Happy Thanksgiving Mark!

    I’m grateful for the gift of hope, and the grace to resist cynicism and despair. I’m grateful beyond all measure for the mercy and kindness my family has experienced at the hands of friends and strangers. And I am immeasurably grateful to be connected with the great Communion of Saints that unites us.

  • Happy Thanksgiving, Mark! And thanks for calling up the GW proclamation!

  • J. H. M. Ortiz

    I give our heavenly Father thanks for me. ’Cause it seems evident to me that He invented me. Not by putting things together as we humans do when we invent, but that by an utterly free option He created my very identity, so that it’s I myself who look out from behind these eyes I call mine. So He’s freely given me myself. And according to our Catholic faith as I understand it, if I freely give myself back to Him, He’ll gladly give me nothing less than — well, as I remember St. Augustin being quoted as saying, “the realities we’ll one day enjoy are the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Or as the refrain of last Sunday’s Sequence had it: “You are my inheritance, O Lord.”

  • Happy Thanksgiving Mark to you and yours! I’m grateful for your generosity in sharing my story with your readers and I’m grateful for the courage, however up and down it may be, to tell it in the first place.

  • Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family! I hope it’s a great one, and I still love coming by your blog. Hopefully it will be a great year in the future, even if we still have much to be thankful for in the present.

  • EBS

    God Bless You and your family on your holiday break, and hoping it rejuvenated and re-inspires you in your work on your return.