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Ask God for forgiveness

November 28, 2012
The Daily News


One of George Washington's early official acts was the first Thanksgiving Proclamation, which reads:

"Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly implore his protection and favor . . ."

It goes on to call the nation to thankfulness to Almighty God. If George Washington could see this great nation today, he would wonder to himself what happened.

Our nation has destroyed the very fabric of our Constitution. As Abraham Lincoln spoke of on April 30, 1863:

"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 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 of 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 for forgiveness."

I hope and pray that those who have made America the least of the greatest find repentance and change their own secret venue and get down on their knees and pray.

I hope that all of the Christians will bring a revival and ask God for forgiveness, then will America again be strong. Praise the Lord.

Gordon Shewmaker




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