August 20th – Sunday

If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. – 1 Timothy 6:3-4

On this day in 1866, President Andrew Johnson issued Proclamation 157, declaring reconstruction complete in Texas and that the state was eligible to rejoin the Union. The Civil War ended in April 1865, and slavery had been abolished. However, the states that had formed the Confederacy were not entirely in compliance with emancipation. This reluctance led to the U.S. Army passing through Southern states, enforcing the liberation of slaves from owners. The Army arrived at the final location in Texas on June 19, 1865, a date which is now commemorated as Juneteenth. Black people continued to be mistreated and oppressed, however, through lynchings and beatings. They were also denied the possession of personal property as well as the right to sue. Congress ended up intervening with its own programs for Reconstruction and readmittance, with which Texas was required to comply.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For Secretary Christine Wormuth and other leaders and commanders to be led by God as they head the U.S. Army.
  • For the president and defense secretary as they make decisions regarding deployments and military aid.

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