Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A President's Call to Prayer and Fasting

Recently, I came across this passage, part of a proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, written 148 years ago today.  It is truly appropriate for the season of Lent:

"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven.
We have been, these many years, preserved in peace and prosperity.
We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no nation has ever grown,
but we have forgotten God.

We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace
and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us.
We have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, 
that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient
to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving Grace,
too proud to pray to the God who made us."

~President Abraham Lincoln
Proclamation appointing a National Fast Day
March 30th, 1863

As I first read this I thought, how bold of a President to call his nation to a national day of fasting and prayer!   I hope that I at least have the courage to commit myself to these acts this Lenten season, for the good of myself and my family.

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