October 20th – Friday

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. – 1 John 2:!5

The U.S. and Britain signed the Treaty of 1818 on this day, which laid the foundation for the present-day border between the U.S. and Canada. The agreement specified the boundary would follow the 49th parallel of latitude, in part because a straight-line boundary would be easier to survey than previous boundaries based on water basins. As part of the convention, both nations also decided on a 10-year joint occupation of the Pacific Northwest territories, ranging from the southern border of present-day Oregon to 54 degrees 40 minutes north latitude, now British Columbia. Before this agreement and the War of 1812, American expansionists had advocated for the annexation of Canada from Great Britain. Once the eastern boundary was established, the expansionists saw the Pacific Northwest territories as a strategic claim for the United States. As you pray today, reflect on Romans 12:18: “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.“

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. diplomats as they engage in peace-keeping discussions.
  • For the president and his administration officials to be diligent to serve according to their oaths of office.

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