From In God We Still Trust by Dr. Richard Lee
[Jerusalem] did not consider her destiny; therefore her collapse was awesome. - Lamentations 1:9
On Memorial Day in 1923, Calvin Coolidge, the thirtieth president of the United States (1923–1929), spoke about the Puritan forefathers in “The Destiny of America”:
If there be a destiny, it is of no avail to us unless we work with it. The ways of Providence will be of no advantage to us unless we proceed in the same direction. If we perceive a destiny in America, if we believe that Providence has been our guide, our own success, our own salvation requires that we should act and serve in harmony and obedience. . . .
Settlers came here from mixed motives, some for pillage and adventure, some for trade and refuge, but those who have set their imperishable mark upon our institutions came from far higher motives. . . . They were intent upon establishing a Christian commonwealth in accordance to the principle of self-government.
They were an inspired body of men. . . . They had a genius for organized society on the foundations of piety, righteousness, liberty, and obedience of the law. They brought with them the accumulated wisdom and experience of the ages. . . . Who can fail to see . . . the hand of destiny? Who can doubt that it has been guided by a Divine Providence?
O Lord, thank You for Your hand on this nation. As unworthy as we are, may You never remove it.
“Be careful to observe [God’s laws]; for this is your wisdom and your understanding” - (Deuteronomy 4:6).
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