As we the people of the United States of America inaugurate our 45th President of the United States today, I am asking you to join me in doing two things. First, let us reflect together on the words of President Abraham Lincoln which called our nation to prayer in 1863. I believe that Lincoln’s words (printed below) are as relevant today as they were 154 years ago. Secondly, will you join me in praying the prayer at the bottom of the page and then offer your own prayers for President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Michael Pence, as well as for the Cabinet and the Congress of the United States of America.
Here are the words of President Abraham Lincoln:
“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. All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering Country, to its former condition of unity and peace.” Abraham Lincoln, Presidential Proclamation, March 30, 1863