Did You Hear What the President Said?

Written by: Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School


In a remarkable Thanksgiving Day speech, the President of the United States spoke words of comfort and encouragement. Let me share a few highlights with you.

With bold confidence he declared, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

He said God was the “Author of all the good that was, and is, and is to come. So we should unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks. We must offer our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler and beseech Him to pardon our national transgressions.”

Concluding his remarks, he reminded those gathered to understand that we are to be a “Government of wise and just people, who faithfully promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue.”

These were the words of George Washington spoken on October 3, 1789 in what he called a Thanksgiving Proclamation. The official Thanksgiving Day was later set as the fourth Thursday of November.

As we watch the news we can be tempted to believe that if this candidate or that party were in power all of our problems would be solved. As we read the excerpts above, we may find our hearts longing for a President who shares our faith and values.

Psalm 20:7 says, “Some trust in chariots and some trust in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” What a great reminder that our hope rests in our Creator, the one who loved us and gave His Son so that we might have eternal life (John 3:16). Today, let’s give thanks for that which is eternal rather than temporal – the gift of salvation and the promise of a home in heaven.



Steve Whitaker, Ph.D.
Head of School