In the proclamation Washington said, “And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications…” Like George Washington, leaders today understand the significance of what happens when people come together for a common purpose.
Washington understood the struggles of the past and he knew the importance of the future. In order to move forward in unity of purpose he knew it was only possible through unity of heart. Washington called upon Americans to pray to “beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgression,” and asked that we be enabled “to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually.”
Thankful leaders unite people around causes greater than self. With all the challenges that we face today, and all that we have to be thankful for, can we do any less?