In 1776 our forefathers brought forth on this continent a new nation. It was brought forth with much hardship, tears, and sleepless nights. It was conceived in pain and suffering. Our Constitution was birthed in the fires of affliction to make sure the future generations would be free from intrusion and tyranny of government into their lives and businesses.

    Let me quote from President Abraham Lincoln's speech in 1863 as he proclaimed a day of national fasting and prayer. "We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown, but we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended God, to confess our national sin and pray for clemency and forgiveness."

    We haven't learned from history, for we are as arrogant today and we are faced with the same situation. We have allowed government to run our business, our lives. With the help of God, our nation will once more obtain its freedom. But it must start right here today. Every code made by man contains the letter of the law which killeth. Every business under the laws of the Constitution is birthed by the Spirit which gives life to the community.

    It is a sad state of affairs:
    1. When our children are more afraid of the police than they are of the criminal.
    2. When the small businessman worries more about the government raping his place than if his product will sell.
    3. When a country called "a country under God" looks to a tyrant government for its welfare and security rather than looking to our Creator!

    Such is the state of affairs in the U.S.A. today.

    Now is the time for us all to bow our heads and pray for guidance from God.

    Marie Kolasinski