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1676 Thanksgiving Proclamation 



"The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present
War with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgments he hath remembered mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly Compassion, and regard; reserving many of our Towns from Desolation Threatened, and attempted by the Enemy, and giving us especially of late with many of our Confederates many signal Advantages against them, without such Disadvantage to ourselves as formerly we have been sensible of, if it be the Lord's mercy that we are not consumed, It certainly bespeaks our positive Thankfulness, when our Enemies are in any measure disappointed or destroyed; and fearing the Lord should take notice under so many Intimations of his returning mercy, we should be found an Insensible people, as not standing before Him with Thanksgiving, as well as lading him with our Complaints in the time of pressing Afflictions: 

The Council has thought meet to appoint and set apart the 29th day of this instant June, as a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such his Goodness and Favor, many Particulars of which mercy might be Instanced, but we doubt not those who are sensible of God's Afflictions, have been as diligent to espy him returning to us; and that the Lord may behold us as a People offering Praise and thereby glorifying Him; the Council doth commend it to the Respective Ministers, Elders and people of this Jurisdiction; Solemnly and seriously to keep the same Beseeching that being persuaded by the mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies and souls as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ." 


Autumn

A warm breeze floats against the night
and mingles with the leaves
Creating sounds of magic,
to all that might believe

An illusion of stardust,
that glides to the ground
Circling the trees
and the leaves all around

A spirit of magic,
with wings all aglow
Bright colors of emeralds
and rubies to show

Fluttering wings
that float on the breeze
Delivering Autumn
in soft colored leaves

Tinkling and sprinkling
the leaves as she goes
A magic of nature
that mountains can show

Sapphires and diamonds
that glow in the night
Releasing the magic
she brings with her flight

Silently working
through night until dawn
She layers her magic
against the sweet morn

Fluttering wings
through the darkness of night
Leaving her beauty,
she flies out of sight 


~Author Unknown~ 

 

 

~~~~ BE THANKFUL ~~~~ 

 

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary, because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.

~Author Unknown~

 

 

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

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