To the editor:
With all that is happening across America today, the protesters, rioters and those shouting death of America cast a shadow over my celebrating our Independence Day.
I believe there is still hope for America, and it is with you and I. Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation for a national day of prayer April 30, 1863, seems most appropriate for today. Here is a portion of that letter:
“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. 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.”
Larry Ensey, Marion