Category Archives: Providence


“The Prayer at Valley Forge” by Arnold Friberg

“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 onto us) and to bless them with good government, 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.” George Washington, 1789

See: Original Thanksgiving Day Proclamation by George Washington

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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Providence, Thanksgiving


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While I reiterate the professions of my dependence…

General George Washington, 1777 by Don Troiani

“While I reiterate the professions of my dependence upon Heaven, as the source of all public and private blessings, I will observe, that the general prevalence of piety, philanthropy, honesty, industry, and economy seems, in the ordinary course of human affairs, particularly necessary for advancing and confirming the happiness of our country.” George Washington

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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Nation, Providence


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Let us raise a standard…

Kings Mountain - October 7, 1780 by Don Troiani

“Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.” George Washington

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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in Advice, Providence


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I am sure that never was a people…

Battle of Trenton - December 26, 1776 by Don Troiani

“I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States: and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, that was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them.” George Washington

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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Providence, Remembrance


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May the father of all mercies…

"Washington's Crossing 1753" by John Buxton

“May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.” George Washington

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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Prayer, Providence


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Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause…

He Returns Victorious by John Buxton

“Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is.” George Washington

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Posted by on January 7, 2012 in Providence


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Ours is a kind of struggle…

The Whiskey Rebellion - Washington at Carlisle 1794 - by Dale Gallon

“Ours is a kind of struggle, designed, I dare say, by Providence, to try the patience, fortitude, and virtue of men.” George Washington

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Posted by on December 31, 2011 in Character, Providence


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