July 3, 2008

A Prayer of George Washington

The Shooter fam has been learning quite a bit about the Father of this Great Country. I, personally, have a new hero. What we've learned so far about his character is this, he was not looking for greatness, leadership or fame in any form. Many believe (I included) the God of the faithful few who came to this foreign land knew who they needed to lead them to true freedom. Mr. Washington was given a divine appointment. He did not accept it with joy and excitement, nor with doubt and reluctance. He accepted it with humbleness and great faith.
When the harsh realities and inevitable lows of such a war were realized, he found comfort and solace in whom he frequently referred to as his Divine Author. His troops, in turn, found encouragement and strength in his indomitable spirit.
Because of his great leadership we have a Great Nation that may freely celebrate their independence today.
My sincerest wish this day is He may continue to bless this "one nation under God".
Happy Independence Day fellow Americans!
"Almighty God: We make our earnest prayer that thou wilt keep the United States in thy holy protection; that thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that clarity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the divine author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." ~ General George Washington at Valley Forge


FIL said...

We should never forget.


Anonymous said...

I agree FIL, It's been a wonderful experience the past 62 years...The old guard will never forget, how it was, these beautiful and wonderful United States of America!
For those taking the reins in coming years, may level heads prevail, stay in the harness, keep pulling, stay out of the wagon and salvage what can be.
With tears and lovies

God Bless America!

Sheila said...

This is one of my favorite paintings. My daughter bought one for her boyfriends daddy a few Christmas' back. He had always admired it in the home of a friend. Yvette noticed and made sure that he had his own.
Thank you for this post... and for your comments (i did e.mail you personally too)

FerLee said...

I agree with FIL...

We should never forget how we were founded, and who sacrificed to keep our country free to live and believe in the One True God.

Flea said...

Happy Independence Day, SS!

Soliloquy said...

LOVE it. There's not enough mention of the Godly heritage the country has.

Thanks for taking us back!