A few weeks ago I had the remarkable opportunity to visit Boston Massachusetts with a few of my sisters.
While visiting such historic sights such as the homes of Paul Revere and John Adams, Granary Burying ground (final resting place of some of our founding fathers and other patriots), and Old South Meeting-House where many of the crucial events leading up to the Revolution took place, I started thinking about the price that was (and still is being) paid for all the freedoms I take for granted. I started thinking about what these bold, amazing, leaders had to say about how they were able to succeed in such a magnanimous undertaking:
“The success which has hitherto attended our united efforts, we owe to the gracious interposition of heaven, and to that interposition let us gratefully ascribe the praise of victory and the blessings of peace.”
“When the great work was done and published, I was struck with amazement. Nothing less than the superintending hand of Providence that so miraculously carried us through the war . . . could have brought it about so complete upon the whole.”
—- Charles Pinckney, Delegate to The Constitutional Convention
“It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution.”
—- James Madison, sometimes referred to as the “Father of the Constitution”
“I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?
We have been assured, sir, in the sacred writings that “except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this. And I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. We shall be divided by our little, partial, local interest. Our projects will be confounded, and we, ourselves, shall become a reproach and a byword to future ages; and what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war, and conquest.
I therefore make the move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of heaven and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business and that one or more of the clergy in this city be requested to officiate in that service.”
What a stark contrast these humble, God-dependent voices are compared with the voices and movements of today. Instead of trying to include God, we seem to be trying to get rid of Him…. yet the more we push Him out, the worse things seem to get. At the grave of Samuel Adams my sisters and I stood and sang “America The Beautiful” after which a stranger behind us said, “There IS still hope!” I feel to agree. I am only one person, but I have a feeling my influence and impact on the people in my little world are far reaching; especially if I follow the example of our Founding Fathers by “imploring the assistance of heaven and it’s blessings on our [my] deliberations” in everything that I do and then teach my children to do the same.
My ten year old daughter just came in, read for a minute while I was typing and said “Benjamin Franklin believed in God? WOW. I think I have a good idea of where to start.
“The longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of man.” –Benjamin Franklin