January 14th – Saturday

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love. – Psalm 147:11

On this day in 1873, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback was blocked from being sworn in as senator from Louisiana. There was controversy regarding who had actually won the seat! Pinchback, whose mother had been a slave and his father a plantation owner, served as president pro tempore of the Louisiana senate, and replaced Lieutenant Governor Oliver Dunn, who died in office in 1871. The following year, he served as acting governor from December 1872 to January 1873 due to the impeachment of Governor Henry Clay Warmouth. P.B.S. Pinchback, who had also been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, was the first governor of color of Louisiana. He eventually moved his family to Washington, D.C., and, later in life, became a U.S. Marshal in New York. The nature of politics has long been contentious, so keep your hope and trust in the Lord!

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For state governors, their staff, and other state elected officials to make decisions that would be honorable and beneficial to their respective states.
  • For public officials at the federal, state, and local levels to seek God’s guidance as they fill their roles.

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