We’ve been studying about some of the early American Presidents for the last couple of weeks. I had each of the older children write a short story about a President of their choosing. While we’ve enjoyed learning some new things together, there have been some challenges. It’s difficult for me to explain to my children how America used to be. It’s hard for them to imagine a time when our nation’s leaders actually sought God’s wisdom and guidance as they forged the way for us.
I came across this quote by President Abraham Lincoln that I wanted to share. Though the words were penned 144 years ago, they are, unfortunately, even more fitting today. May we all be encouraged to pray for America and our national leaders.
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other 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; and 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 that made us! It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
~President Abraham Lincoln (March 30, 1863)