January 6th – Friday

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. – Hebrews 13:16

President Franklin Roosevelt made his State of the Union address on this day in 1941, now commonly referred to as the Four Freedoms speech. His address to Congress outlined the nation’s stance and plans regarding the Second World War occurring in Europe. President Roosevelt also discussed the objectives of the country going to war and how the U.S. would approach post-war social and political goals. There were four elements to his speech that he desired to implement worldwide: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. President Roosevelt concluded, “This nation has placed its destiny in the hands and heads and hearts of its millions of free men and women; and its faith in freedom under the guidance of God. … Our strength is our unity of purpose.”

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For justices and judges in the supreme and federal courts as they work to interpret the nation’s laws as they decide cases.
  • For members of the executive and legislative branches to uphold the ideals of freedom President Roosevelt outlined.

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