Category Archives: Faith

Thanksgiving: What Are We Thankful For? To Whom?

What are we thankful for this year? To whom are we thankful? Looking back more than 200 years.

George Washington

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.

George Washington

How’s your faith?

Trust: CAN I? vs. DO I?

I’ve been noticing the words Faith, Belief, and Trust a lot lately. They are almost synonyms, but not quite. It’s easy to use one as part of a definition of another. I’m especially thinking about trust and the difference in the question “CAN I trust God?” and “DO I trust God?” Do they seem like the same question? Please hear me out.

Glass Bridge

You are probably familiar with the glass bottom bridges that are being built over some very deep gorges? Let me just say it, I respect the design and I’m happy for those who like the excitement of walking across them, but I’m not going to be joining you! It’s not that I don’t believe the glass is safe. I understand the engineering. I’m convinced that I could go out, along with a hundred other people, and jump up and down on that glass, and it would support me. I absolutely believe that. But I’m still not going out. Do I have a trust problem?

Maybe this is a bit like trusting God. I believe He can, and does, amazing things. I CAN trust God. 100%. But DO I? Hmmm. Maybe that’s how I should consider faith. When what I CAN trust and what I DO trust match perfectly, then I have complete faith.

How’s your faith?

Inspired by Dean Lisenby, posting in Prayers for Tripp, on the challenges of faith.

PS: I actually got sweaty palms creating this post!