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vasan
11-24-2004, 02:38 AM
Hello People !

Its the Thanksgiving Weekend (in the United States). There are many traditions and historical info associated with Thanksgiving. But I thought, even if we might not exactly care about these traditions or history, we might still pause a moment to reflect on the good that has come by and the blessings that we enjoy. :D

Here is a thread for you to post things that you are grateful for, especially people or events that happened in your life this year. You could offer your gratitude to God (if you believe in one) or anyone or anything else also. Just setting a few mintues apart in a year to recollect on good things in our life would bring the 'positive' attitude to our life. :sm03:

If you are not inclined to talk about such things, please feel free to skip. :P Please.. just quite moments of personal reflections only, if you don't mind.. :sm03: Avoid mentioning people by name also, to preserve anonymity..

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving :sm08:
and if you are going to be travelling this weekend, have a safe trip as well.. :b:

God bless ! :sm08:

Vasan


George Washington's
1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation
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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 and 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 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 enable 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 has 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 show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, 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 3d dy of October, A.D. 1789.

(signed) G. Washington


Proclamation of Thanksgiving
Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. 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. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

vasan
11-24-2004, 02:51 AM
I am the biggest grouch in the world, I know.. :oops:, but if I must consider in earnest, there are somethings that are huge blessings in my own life...

For one thing, all of us at home have enjoyed remarkably stable health, and there wasn't anything that we desperately needed but didn't have. Distance has increased my longing to be with family, but has not really damaged relationships. If for nothing else, for these relationships and love, I am eternally grateful.. :sm03:

One new thing I must add this year though.. :P I have met several new, anonymous and unbelievably kind and nurturing friends over the past one year or so.. and their friendship has encouraged, and blessed me in untold ways. For these new friends too, I am quite grateful... God bless them.. :sm08:

There are more reasons, but they must remain hidden as otherwise you will be very bored.. :P :P :P Thanks !!

Vasan

Bluelotus
11-24-2004, 03:27 AM
I give thanks for every moment of every day, for a loving family, for friends aplenty, for the sky, the sun and the moon.... for the ducks in the nearby pond, for the twinkling stars in the night sky....

thank you Thattha for this thread :D

I tend to forget that I am more fortunate than many on this Earth...and take so many things for granted...


blue.

PS: do we have to preserve anonimity :ee: ...oooh I was sooo looking fwd to naming all my ducky friends here :ee:

san2003
11-24-2004, 04:39 AM
A very good thread indeed... reminds us how much we shud appreciate so many things in our life

I give thanx to God, thanx to every day that passes by smoothly, thanx to my family and frenz who have been there to support me thru hardship...to everything that i have.
Also a big thanx to geethams as it brought back some light into my life by knowing the ppl in geethamz (not goin to mention name coz vasan said so ;) ) .... and to my close frenz in every part of the world... thanx

i agree with u blues.. some ppl.. well i tend to also take things for granted, when i shud be appreciative with my fortunate life that i have got.... i realised this when i had to stand on my two feet now :ee:

ashokcsn_2000
11-24-2004, 01:20 PM
Thank God for all that I got till now and for putting me the lukiest sole on earth whereever I am now in Life and for blessing me with the best parents, great friends... God bless them all too... and the great health, food and for every moment of life....

Pray that he gives it all to you and your family and friends.... :)

suha
11-24-2004, 02:52 PM
I`m thankful that God`s blessed me, with great friends and family,
Blessed me with a free country, I`m thankful for what He`s given to me!
I'm thankful more for Geetham family :D

You go girl..

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RaasuKutty
11-24-2004, 03:24 PM
I am extremely thankful to god for providing me a good living & a spirited soul with lively people around me..

I have most of u guyz around me to share my happiness at this moment.. Enjoy this and every moment and let god bless everyone.. Happy ThanksGiving Guyz...

san2003
11-25-2004, 07:03 AM
Forgot to mention something :oops:

Happy Thanksgiving To All :) :ee:

anitam
11-25-2004, 04:16 PM
Wishing U all a very Happy Thanksgiving...

Enjoy the holidays.. :D

Priyam2004
11-25-2004, 10:15 PM
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Happy Thanksgiving all...........

butterfly
11-25-2004, 11:37 PM
I shud say Thanks to God for everything he his blessed me with...& continues to do so :)...

Many times I have taken things for granted or forgot to be gratefull :? ...

Thanks to each one of u who have been a blessing in my life :sm08:

Happy Thanksgiving to all of U :sm08:

Isnt pongal something like Thanksgiving :think:

Thanks anna for starting this Thread :sm08:

butterfly
11-25-2004, 11:38 PM
Repeat post