Rev. Daniel T. Gilmore - District Superintendent
‘God Bless America’
Greetings in the matchless name of Jesus! At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11).
Irving Berlin’s iconic song, God Bless America, written early in 1918 as our troops were headed to Europe, contains a precious prayer: “God bless America, land that I love, stand beside her and guide her Through the night with a light from above”. During this holiday season, I’ve had occasion to once again lift that prayer heavenward. Our country is the greatest on earth and the greatest in history. I know that is a bold statement and I may be somewhat biased ☺, nevertheless, I stand by it wholeheartedly! Let’s pray for revival across our beloved land. There is a “night” falling upon us today, it is not the night of war, but of moral jeopardy. Let us lift this promise: If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:13-14).
Jackie and I were privileged to worship at our Reed City congregation this past Sunday. It was a wonderful service. Pastor Chris and Linda partnered to proclaim a powerful and vital message about our holy call to be ‘spiritual cheerleaders’. These are great days at Reed City, Pastor Chris recently had his four-year review and the church leadership resoundingly endorsed his ministry. Please pray for the DeMotts and our Reed City Church that God will enable them to be an ever-brighter shining city on a hill! (See Matthew 5:14.)
A Scripture prayer for you: I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ. May your spiritual eyes be enlightened to understand heavenly things. May you know the hope of His calling and His mighty working in us! May you know the riches of the glory of Christ’s inheritance in the saints and the exceeding greatness of His power to those us who believe (see Ephesians 1:17-19)!
In Our Savior’s Service Together,
Rev. Daniel T. Gilmore