A Thanksgiving Proclamation

 

A Thanksgiving ProclamationA Thanksgiving Proclamation

 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

While most of us learned in grammar school that the American Thanksgiving tradition started during colonial times, you may not know that it wasn’t until 1863 that President Lincoln proclaimed it an official holiday.

When I reread his proclamation, I couldn’t help thinking how appropriate much of it is for our nation again today.

I hope you’ll take the time to read it and remember that it wasn’t in a trouble free time that the people were called upon to give thanks to God. It was in the middle of the Civil War with all the accompanying heartache and cost.

 

By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President. Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

 

Today, our military men and women and their families still suffer hardship and loss.   And while the war between the states has long been over, our nation is still divided in many ways.

Perhaps today, instead of arguing over politics or football, we need to, once again, first focus on genuine “thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens” and “with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care” all those who have been affected and “implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.”

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chron. 7.14)

Let that be our prayer today.

Blessings,
Donna

A Thanksgiving Proclamation


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Now is the Time to Pray for Our Nation!

 

Now is the Time to Pray for Our Nation!

Now is the Time to Pray for Our Nation!

 

Before this election there were posts and memes and tweets everywhere saying, “No matter who is president, Jesus is King.” And no matter which side of the election battle you were on or whether you went into the voting booth wishing you didn’t have to vote for anyone … that meme is still true!

 

Jesus is the King!

 

And … no matter what His reasons, He has allowed the results of this election. For some … this is a miraculous victory and it is, based on the polling data and so many other predictions.

Others are wondering why … “Why would God allow a man as flawed as Donald Trump to become our president?” I’d like to offer some thoughts.

As I have read through the Old Testament this year, in particular the history of the nation of Israel and her kings, I was struck by God’s mercy even with the most godless of kings. When they showed any sign of movement toward Him, He often held back His judgment.

Our nation has been on a downward spiral away from God, away from morality, and in some cases, away from reason and common sense. Many of us would despair if we didn’t understand and believe in the sovereignty of God.

This morning I’m acutely aware that God has raised up a flawed and improbable man to be our next president.

 

It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall (Ps. 75.7).

 

Could He be holding back judgment on our nation? And if so, why? Could it be for nothing more than Mr. Trump’s willingness to take a stand for the rights of the unborn? Or could it be because God sees something many of us don’t? Remember God took a murderer and persecutor of the church by the name of Saul, saved him, changed him and allowed him to become the Apostle Paul. And many of us could look at our own lives and say … if not for God’s grace …

To be sure God has placed around Mr. Trump a number of godly men, not the least of which is the Vice-President Elect.

I don’t have a crystal ball. I don’t know if Mr. Trump will keep his promises. I don’t know if he believes what he has said. I don’t know the future, but I do know this …

 

Now is the Time to Pray for Our Nation!

 

Pray that God will take this flawed, imperfect man and use him for His glory. Pray that godliness, reason, humility, love, mercy and a fear of God will return to our nation. Pray that we His people will stand up for righteousness and that others will see Christ is us. Pray for revival in our land. Pray for His kingdom come and His will be done. Pray that God will do what only He can do.

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land (2 Chron. 7.14).

Blessings,
Donna

 

Now is the Time to Pray for Our Nation! - Pray that God will take this flawed, imperfect man and use him for His glory. Pray that godliness, reason, humility, love, mercy and a fear of God will return to our nation. Pray that we His people will stand up for righteousness and that others will see Christ is us. Pray for revival in our land. Pray for His kingdom come and His will be done. Pray that God will do what only He can do.


 

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November 20 “Has God removed His hand from our nation?”

crumpled and wrinkled american flag backgroundHas God removed His hand from our nation? Has He given us over to our sinful desires and self-will? And, if so, how should we respond?

Today’s Readings:
Ezekiel 31 & 32
Psalm 130.1-4
Proverbs 28.28
James 1.1-27

Ezekiel 31 & 32:

Has God removed His hand from our nation?

In chapters 31 & 32 God continues to speak to Egypt, perhaps more as a warning to His people that they could no longer turn to worldly powers for help and protection. In chapter 31 He compared Egypt to a great tree under which many had taken refuge, but which was about to be broken and destroyed.

As I said yesterday, it’s God who raises up nations and individuals, and He can just as easily bring them to ruin and does—for His holy, just, and righteous purposes.

Sadly, as I listen to the news and see the magnitude of evil, the lack of restraint, the lack of respect for the law (even by our elected leaders), I wonder if God has taken His hand off of our nation as a whole (Rom. 1.24, 26, 28).

But rather than becoming depressed or giving up, we must pray harder, witness more faithfully, and speak the truth in love as God gives us opportunity.

Pray harder, 1 Timothy 2:

¹First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.

Even while I complain about the state of our nation, I’m convicted that I don’t pray enough, especially for our leaders.

Witness more faithfully, 1 Peter 3 NASB:

14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15 but ]sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16 and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.

Are you ready to give a defense to everyone you meet? Can you defend your faith … not just what you believe, but why? Do you know how to share the Gospel or do you leave that to the pastors and preachers? Do you share your testimony with others?

Speak the truth in love, 2 Timothy 2:

24 The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, 25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

We need a holy boldness to speak the truth, but do it in love. Paul said if we have not love we’re not much better than a clanging cymbals (1 Cor. 13.1).

So let’s pray for our leaders and pray for ourselves that we might have boldness, faith, and confidence in the day of trouble (Ps. 86.7). Let’s better prepare ourselves to share the truth. And let’s never forget:

“… where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,  so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 5.20-21).

 

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