We Are All in His Plan
Ted was born in 1858. He was elected to the New York legislature in 1882. His wife and mother died on the same day. He held office in the United States Civil Service Commission. He later served as an assistant secretary to the Navy. When the Spanish-American War was declared, he resigned to organize a cavalry unit, the Rough Riders. He later became the Republican vice-presidential nominee, took office when McKinley was reelected, and became president when McKinley was assassinated in 1901.
Here is a portion of his Proclamation given on Thanksgiving Day 1907: “Much has been given to us from on high, and much will rightly be expected of us in return. Into our care the ten talents have been entrusted; and we are to be pardoned neither if we squander and waste them, nor yet if we hide them in a napkin; for they must be fruitful in our hands. Ever throughout the ages, at all times and among all peoples, prosperity has been fraught with danger, and it behooves us to beseech the Giver of all things that we may not fall into lose of ease and luxury; that we may not lose our sense of moral responsibility; that we may not forget our duty to God, and to our neighbor…
Now, therefore I, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, do set apart Thursday the 28th of November, as a day for general Thanksgiving and Prayer, and on that day I recommend that the people shall cease form their daily work, and in their homes or their churches, meet devoutly to thank the Almighty for the many and great blessings they have received in the past, and to pray that they may be given the strength so to order their lives as to deserve a continuation of these blessings in the future.”
Teddy Roosevelt established and was a part of many things that affected our country, but most of all he was a man who knew where his help came from and who should get the credit. Can you recognize that this same God that guides presidents and watches over this country cares for you just as much, if you’ll let Him?