Letter to Editor

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Editor Times Record:

As we approach the birthday celebration of president Abraham Lincoln we should all remember his prayer for our country.  Many of us have forgotten our purpose on this earth.

Our current economic situation makes Mr. Lincoln's words as meaningful today as they were in 1863. I offer his prayer as we near his birthday:

"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."

April 30, 1863

President Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation for a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer

Ken Rakers