Giving Thanks and Storing it in a CN

Nov 25
George Washington Thanksgiving

This morning a friend sent out an email with George Washington’s 1789 proclamation on a day of thanks. Reading it reminded me that today is not a day of eating turkey and watching football. It’s a day of gratitude to God for the blessings he’s bestowed on me, my family, and the foundations of freedom established in America which was to be a promised land forever. I immediately thought, I want to store this quote in a collection note (CN) in my Scripture Notes database.

Here’s how to do it and the quote to store is below.

1) Open a library pane and click “Study Helps.”

2) Click on “All” at the top and type “thanks” in the search bar.

3) 3 results show up. Click all 3 in turn. You’ll see (TG – Topical Guide; TC – Index to the Triple Combination):

  • TG Thanks – 44 results
  • TG Thanksgiving – 24 results
  • TC Thanks – 12 results

Now I wish we had the bulk move option working but it’s almost done. Here’s what to do.

4) Click “Create CN” at the top of TG Thanks since it has the most results.

5) Title the collection note “George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation” and give it these tags: George Washington, Thanksgiving, Thanks, Gratitude.

6) Copy/paste the quote below into the body and click save.

7) Now you have a couple options to get those other scriptures into this collection note.

A) You can open your Scripture Notes To-Do list and make this entry: “After Oak announces bulk move is working, move verses from TG Thanksgiving, and TC Thanks, into my George Washington Thanksgiving CN”.

B) Create collection notes from those 2 items and drag and drop the 24 and 12 verses into your CN you just created. A little time consuming, but they’ll all be there right now.

8) The final step is to read those 80 verses and engage in a true spirit of Thanksgiving to God for all he has given us. Happy Thanksgiving.

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

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 unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease 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 third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington

Washington issued a proclamation on October 3, 1789, designating Thursday, November 26 as a national day of thanks. In his proclamation, Washington declared that the necessity for such a day sprung from the Almighty’s care of Americans prior to the Revolution, assistance to them in achieving independence, and help in establishing the constitutional government.


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