- 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 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
tell the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace. Too proud to pray
to the God that made us.
1863 "Proclamation of a Day of National Humiliation,
Fasting, and Prayer."
April 09, 2016