April 16th – Sunday

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? – 2 Corinthians 6:14

The U.S. Senate formally ratified the Rush-Bagot treaty with Canada and Great Britain on this day in 1818, demilitarizing the international boundary between the U.S. and Canada. The War of 1812 ended in February 1815, but tensions between the U.S. and Great Britain continued for a few years thereafter. Naval ships and military forts remained along the border between the two countries, keeping guard during a time of cautious peace. But in 1817, the acting U.S. Secretary of State Richard Rush and the British Minister to Washington Sir Charles Bagot began exchanging diplomatic letters, guiding the countries to approve the treaty that would be named after them. The treaty was officially approved a year later, showing that amicability between just two leaders can lead to peace between nations.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For members of the Senate and the House of Representatives as they consider treaties and agreements with foreign countries.
  • For discernment for the president and secretary of state as diplomatic efforts and discussions take place around the world.
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