Lost Episode for December 3

In his Fourth Annual Message to Congress on December 3, 1844, President John Tyler declared: “We have continued cause for expressing our gratitude to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for the benefits and blessings which our country, under His kind providence, has enjoyed during the past year….The world has witnessed its rapid growth in wealth and population, and under the guide and direction of a superintending Providence the developments of the past may be regarded but as the shadowing forth of the mighty future….Thus it is that in the progress of time the inestimable principles of civil liberty will be enjoyed by millions yet unborn…. “Our prayers should evermore be offered up to the Father of the Universe for His wisdom to direct us in the path of our duty so as to enable us to consummate these high purposes.”* President Tyler’s acknowledgment of God before Congress is another lost episode in American history. Read and Reflect: Read Proverbs 3:5-6 and reflect on the promise of God to direct our paths if we trust Him and compare that to the words of President Tyler’s address. Prayer: Sovereign over all nations, we praise you for the benefits and blessings we enjoy at your hand. Teach us to trust in you with all our hearts and not lean on our own understanding so that you will indeed continue to direct our paths, in Jesus’ Name, Amen. *Source Citation: James D. Richardson, ed., A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the […]

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