Wednesday, November 16, 2011

of Biblical proportions...

A couple of historic items to mention today, one that's graciously praiseworthy, while the other...well, let's just say it might be worth praying over.

First, Queen Elizabeth was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and the Archbishop of Canterbury at a ceremony in Westminster Abbey to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James translation of the Bible. Praise be to God!

Not to dampen that glorious event, but I also have to mention the other historic occurrence...

Today, November 16, 2011, the U.S. national debt exceeded $15 TRILLION with our debt-to-GDP ratio closing in on 100%! Historically, we've seen where nations proceed after crossing that threshold.  Not pretty.  And with the incompetence we're observing in every branch of the federal government, who's to say what the future holds.

Besides the continued efforts to demand responsible governance from our so-called leaders, I couldn't think of a more critical moment in time to turn towards THE ONE who endowed us with certain inalienable rights...

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honourable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
~ A Prayer For Our Country from The Book of Common Prayer

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