Many Americans across the nation celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday with friends and family. Many gave thanks to the Lord for all that he has blessed us with – family, friends, our jobs, our homes, our freedom, and the food we received to our body. As Christians we are very blessed to have all those things that the Lord has given us. We are also blessed to have a president that is returning our nation to the values that America was founded on, Judeo-Chritian values.
For many years, Thanksgiving Day has seen the sitting president of the United States issue a “National Day of Thanksgiving Proclamation” marking the holiday.
This year was no exception. President Donald Trump issued his Thanksgiving proclamation, but there was a big difference between his and President Barack Obama’s 2016 proclamation, Myra Adams wrote for BizPac Review.
Trump’s proclamation mentioned the word “God” five times (one of which was in a quotation). In Obama’s 2016 Thanksgiving day proclamation, the then-president didn’t mention God at all. (Obama did use it in Thanksgiving Day statements in other years, which makes its absence from his final Thanksgiving Day address as president all the more noteworthy.)
Trump’s statement made no bones about its purpose.
“On Thanksgiving Day, as we have for nearly four centuries, Americans give thanks to Almighty God for our abundant blessings,” was the first sentence of Trump’s proclamation.
“As one people, we seek God’s protection, guidance, and wisdom, as we stand humbled by the abundance of our great Nation and the blessings of freedom, family, and faith,” he stated later.
WND noted that in several of his proclamations over his eight years in office, Obama did mention “God,” but generally not as many times as Trump did.
In Obama’s 2016 proclamation, he did an elegant dance of avoiding saying the word “God.”
“In that very first thanksgiving celebration, these same ideals brought together people of different backgrounds and beliefs, and every year since, with enduring confidence in the power of faith, love, gratitude, and optimism, this force of unity has sustained us as a people,” read part of Obama’s 2016 proclamation.
CNS News noted that, technically, Obama’s 2016 proclamation did mention the concept of God, but only when it was unavoidable — at the end of the document with the traditional signature that reads, in part, “the year of our Lord.”
These two starkly different proclamations — Obama’s last Thanksgiving in office, Trump’s first — reflect two starkly different presidents. Obama was very concerned about political correctness, while Trump wants to celebrate faith in the Creator.
“I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings,” concluded Trump’s proclamation.
Trump has made it clear that he isn’t going to be afraid to stand up for Christianity and celebrate God.
Americans can be thankful this Thanksgiving that America has a president that support the same values our country was founded on, Judeo-Christian values.
Here’s the entire Thanksgiving Proclamation by President Trump:
On Thanksgiving Day, as we have for nearly four centuries, Americans give thanks to Almighty God for our abundant blessings. We gather with the people we love to show gratitude for our freedom, for our friends and families, and for the prosperous Nation we call home.
In July 1620, more than 100 Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower, fleeing religious persecution and seeking freedom and opportunity in a new and unfamiliar place. These dauntless souls arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in the freezing cold of December 1620. They were greeted by sickness and severe weather, and quickly lost 46 of their fellow travelers. Those who endured the incredible hardship of their first year in America, however, had many reasons for gratitude. They had survived. They were free. And, with the help of the Wampanoag tribe, and a bountiful harvest, they were regaining their health and strength. In thanks to God for these blessings, the new governor of the Plymouth Colony, William Bradford, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and gathered with the Wampanoag tribe for three days of celebration.
For the next two centuries, many individual colonies and states, primarily in the Northeast, carried on the tradition of fall Thanksgiving festivities. But each state celebrated it on a different day, and sometime on an occasional basis. It was not until 1863 that the holiday was celebrated on one day, nationwide. In the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg, of one of the bloodiest battles of our Nation’s Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the country would set aside one day to remember its many blessings. “In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity,” President Lincoln proclaimed, we recall the “bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come.” As President Lincoln recognized: “No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”
Today, we continue to celebrate Thanksgiving with a grateful and charitable spirit. When we open our hearts and extend our hands to those in need, we show humility for the bountiful gifts we have received. In the aftermath of a succession of tragedies that have stunned and shocked our Nation — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria; the wildfires that ravaged the West; and, the horrific acts of violence and terror in Las Vegas, New York City, and Sutherland Springs — we have witnessed the generous nature of the American people. In the midst of heartache and turmoil, we are grateful for the swift action of the first responders, law enforcement personnel, military and medical professionals, volunteers, and everyday heroes who embodied our infinite capacity to extend compassion and humanity to our fellow man. As we mourn these painful events, we are ever confident that the perseverance and optimism of the American people will prevail.
We can see, in the courageous Pilgrims who stood on Plymouth Rock in new land, the intrepidness that lies at the core of our American spirit. Just as the Pilgrims did, today Americans stand strong, willing to fight for their families and their futures, to uphold our values, and to confront any challenge.
This Thanksgiving, in addition to rejoicing in precious time spent with loved ones, let us find ways to serve and encourage each other in both word and deed. We also offer a special word of thanks for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, many of whom must celebrate this holiday separated from the ones for whom they are most thankful. As one people, we seek God’s protection, guidance, and wisdom, as we stand humbled by the abundance of our great Nation and the blessings of freedom, family, and faith.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 23, 2017, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.
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