Governor Kevin Stitt here.
Over two hundred years ago, in 1789, President George Washington declared November 26th as a day of Thanksgiving to recognize the role of Providence (or God's care), in creating the United States and our constitution. Today I believe we need God's care more than ever before. We live in a fallen world that continues to remind us of injustice and hurt.
Last week the eyes of the nation were on Oklahoma. We felt a shared sense of unease that was intense and at times confusing, even disheartening. And yet amid all this uncertainty something amazing happened. Our state prayed.
When we are faced with difficult decisions and have no answers, it drives us to our knees. That's what I did as your Governor. I prayed and I asked God for wisdom and discernment. I know I was not alone. I heard from Oklahomans across our state, who regardless of their faith, their background, their beliefs; they were also going to the Lord in prayer.
Philippians 4:6 says; “The Lord is near. do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation with prayer and petition with Thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and Minds in Christ Jesus”.
I believe Oklahoma can lead the nation and teach America what Unity looks like in all of our communities. Sometimes Unity seems impossible. How can so many smart people see the world so differently? I believe too often we see the world through a political lens when we should see the world through a Godly lens.
I love What Will Rogers said; “I never met a man I didn't like!”. When we take time to listen to each other, one-on-one; our Humanity transforms us and builds bridges of friendship and understanding.
- first, to acknowledge God's care. blessings and freedoms that we enjoy in Oklahoma.
- Second, ask God to forgive us for not putting him first in our lives.
- And finally, ask God to forgive us for not loving our neighbors as ourselves.
Let's remember that, and let's remember what George Washington declared 232 years ago. Let's acknowledge God's care in our lives.
Have a great Thanksgiving holiday, Oklahoma. God bless you and God bless the great state of Oklahoma.