My wife started out praying today thanking God for the beauty of the creation around us, for eyes to see and ears to hear. She expressed gratitude for our nation and the freedom and security that we still experience today. While listening to her I was aware of feeling a bit guilty. As she was expressing her sincere gratitude to God I realized I hadn’t even thought about doing so.
How often I forget.
On October 3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed, by Act of Congress, an annual National Day of Thanksgiving “on the last Thursday of November, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.” In this Thanksgiving proclamation, our 16th President says that it is…
…announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord… 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, by the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own… It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people…”
These words were penned by President Lincoln in the midst of the Civil War, arguably the darkest days of our nation. He was calling the American people to once again look up, remember God, and thank Him for all of His blessings.
It is never too late to start remembering.
This weekend Zerrin and I had the tremendous privilege of meeting two couples who remembered God and experienced His blessings as a result. One very gentle man told the story of his former life as a raging alcoholic. He said the first thirteen years of his marriage were literally hell for his wife. Today this man is the epitome of love and wisdom. I never would have guessed he and his wife had lived life any other way.
Another man I highly regard told the story of his rage and anger. After 15 years of marriage his wife divorced him. God took him to the other side of the globe for several years. In his desperation and desolation he allowed God access to his heart. God remade him into the man He had planned for him to be. Today this man has a new marriage (to his first and only wife). Together they have ministered around the globe and have left a legacy in the nations. What a privilege to meet such humble people with hearts of gold!
Two very troubled marriages, two remarkable stories of hope and transformation.
Wherever you are at in your marriage today, will you remember God?
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