What does Thanksgiving really mean?
In these times of confusion and strife, to reacquaint ourselves with the truth, we should return to those who established it…

“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 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.

“Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.


May the traditional spirit of Thanksgiving be a blessing to you and yours.  And in these times that try souls and make us weary, may we remember to hold fast to an attitude of gratitude.  For all our flaws and challenges,  ours is an exceptional nation.  We lose our way at times, and we forget who we are.  But my special Thanksgiving prayer is that we recall who we are and most importantly, whose we are.



(in for Kathi Macias today)


Vicki Hinze just finished NOT THIS TIME, which will be released in February.

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About Vicki Hinze

USA Today Bestselling and Award-Winning Author of 50+ books, short stories/novellas and hundreds of articles. Published in as many as 63 countries and recognized by Who's Who in the World as an author and an educator. Former featured Columnist for Social-IN Worldwide Network and Book Fun Magazine. Sponsor/Founder of Vicki's latest novels are: in the Philanthropists series: The Guardian. In the StormWatch series, Deep Freeze. FMI visit
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2 Responses to THE MEANING OF THANKSGIVING by Vicki Hinze

  1. Maureen Lang says:

    Great reminder, Vicki! I was just hearing about a book about George Washington’s life and what an incredible leader he was. You’ve inspired me to dig a little deeper to learn more about him. I also wonder what the politically correct attitude about Thanksgiving is these days? To be thankful . . . to what? Ourselves? Each other? Certainly not thankful to God, or we might offend those who practice the atheist religion. I suppose that’s why this holiday has largely been blotted out, between the secularism of Halloween and the commercialism of Christmas.


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