President Donald John Trump is doing the Lord's work in bringing "Hope, and a Future" to ordinary Americans, and he laid out that vision last night in his first speech to the joint Houses of Congress.
President Trump laid out a concrete vision and showed us how to reach for it. By tagging America's 250th birthday - and by not calling it the "Semi-quincentennial - President Trump just gave a future to the descendants of our nation's founding people.
For a decade or more, struggling Americans have recited Jeremiah 29:11 and made it our by-word. We have written it on the walls of Food Banks, have spoken it over children's ministries, have memorized it and repeated it while trying to pay the bills:
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."And our Father God heard the prayers of the ordinary people across the great, vast expanse of our nation, and sent us a new Cyrus to point the way back home. All the Deplorables whose life expectancy has been dropping, have reasons to live again.
President Trump told us we can speak again about our hopes for our children, and for ourselves, and our families, and communities - and assured us he will clear the path so that we can work with our own hands to bring our own dreams to life. Here are excerpts from his speech:
"Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice –- in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present. ...
"The rebellion started as a quiet protest, spoken by families of all colors and creeds -– families who just wanted a fair shot for their children, and a fair hearing for their concerns.....
".. I am not going to let America and its great companies and workers, be taken advantage of anymore. ..
"The time has come for a new program of national rebuilding. .. ... This effort will be guided by two core principles: Buy American, and Hire American. ...
"Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope.
"Our citizens deserve this, and so much more –- so why not join forces to finally get it done?
"Every American child should be able to grow up in a safe community, to attend a great school, and to have access to a high-paying job.
"My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America.
"We want peace, wherever peace can be found. America is friends today with former enemies. Some of our closest allies, decades ago, fought on the opposite side of these World Wars. This history should give us all faith in the possibilities for a better world.
"Hopefully, the 250th year for America will see a world that is more peaceful, more just and more free.
"On our 100th anniversary, in 1876, citizens from across our Nation came to Philadelphia to celebrate America’s centennial. At that celebration, the country’s builders and artists and inventors showed off their creations. Alexander Graham Bell displayed his telephone for the first time. Remington unveiled the first typewriter. An early attempt was made at electric light. Thomas Edison showed an automatic telegraph and an electric pen.
"Imagine the wonders our country could know in America’s 250th year.
"Think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people. Cures to illnesses that have always plagued us are not too much to hope. American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream. Millions lifted from welfare to work is not too much to expect. And streets where mothers are safe from fear — schools where children learn in peace — and jobs where Americans prosper and grow — are not too much to ask. ....
"We are one people, with one destiny.
"We all bleed the same blood.
"We all salute the same flag.
"And we are all made by the same God.
"And when we fulfill this vision; when we celebrate our 250 years of glorious freedom, we will look back on tonight as when this new chapter of American Greatness began.
"The time for small thinking is over. The time for trivial fights is behind us.
"We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts.
"The bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls.
"And the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams to action. ....
"Believe in yourselves.
"Believe in your future.
"And believe, once more, in America.
"Thank you, God bless you, and God Bless these United States."
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Thank you Father God for sending President Trump to lead us, and to give us a new vision. Americans, we have a new and blessed chance! Isaiah 51:1 :
"Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness
and who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were cut
and to the quarry from which you were hewn;"