Washington’s Thanksgiving prayer

George Washington’s spiritual life, and his daily prayers, are explored in Janice T. Connell’s book, Faith of Our Founding Father (Hatherleigh Press, $15.95). The book is a spiritual biography of Washington, and includes a full reprinting of many prayers written in Washington’s own hand in his personal prayer book.

For families wishing to bring a sense of our nation’s history to their Thanksgiving table, following is a Thanksgiving blessing excerpted from Washington’s prayer book:

“Most gracious Lord God, from whom proceedeth every good and perfect gift,

“I offer to Thy Divine Majesty my unfeigned praise and thanksgiving for all Thy mercies toward me.

“Thou made me at first and hast ever since sustained the work of Thine own hand.

“Thou gave Thy Son to die for me, and hast given me assurance of salvation upon my repentance and sincerely endeavoring to conform my life to His holy precepts and example.

“Thou art pleased to lengthen out to me the time of repentance

“and to move me to it by Thy Spirit and by Thy Word, and by Thy mercies and by Thy judgements.


Ask for Faith of Our Founding Father at your local library or bookstore.

From the Nov. 23-29, 2005, issue

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