(Remember Your Servants, O Lord)
Thursday, November 22, 2012
...to any who happen by.
In thinking lately of our country, and of the difficulty in giving thanks for recent events, one could not be blamed for seeking solace in George Washington's first Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789. But there is also this, undated, from his prayer journal, a prayer for Guidance:
O eternal and everlasting God, I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine majesty, beseeching thee to accept of my humble and hearty thanks, that it hath pleased thy great goodness to keep and preserve me the night past from all the dangers poor mortals are subject to, and has given me sweet and pleasant sleep, whereby I find my body refreshed and comforted for performing the duties of this day, in which I beseech thee to defend me from all perils of body and soul....
Golly, he doesn't _sound_ like a deist, does he? (Okay, I haven't researched it, but I'm alluding to the casual way in which those who wish to downplay the Christian connections of our country's founding will say that the founders were all or mostly deists.)
Even in the Thanksgiving Proclamation I thought I detected echoes of that Book's cadences. It was, after all, the heritage of every Englishman who left to come here. Maybe it should be thought of as one of our founding documents.