October 5th – Thursday

Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. – Ecclesiastes 9:7

President Harry Truman gave the first live televised speech by a president on this day in 1947. Much of Europe was in ruins in the wake of the Second World War and a drought had added to the instability of the food supply. President Truman spoke about the food situation and the plan that Secretary of State George Marshall had earlier proposed in which the U.S. would support economic reconstruction. The Economic Cooperation Act of 1948 was the result of the Marshall Plan to aid in Europe’s recovery. As you consider the various current challenges of this nation and the world at large today, remember that believers are, first, citizens of the kingdom of God. Pray for those in positions of authority and ask the Lord to show you ways in which you may bring comfort and ease suffering in your own community. And give Him thanks for His provision!

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For members of the House and Senate as they consider the appropriations of aid to foreign nations.
  • For the president and foreign policy advisors as they determine how and where to send economic assistance.

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