By George Washington, 1789
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, aid and favors....
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, and for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
-1 Chronicles 16:34 (King James Version)
Dear Lord we are thankful for all the many things we have and for our friends and family. In Jesus’ name, amen.