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The Principle of Remembrance

Posted By Connie Moody, Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2012

"Take you hence...twelve stones...and leave them [by the bank of the Jordan]...that this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?  Then ye shall answer them…and these stones shall be a memorial unto the children...forever.”  Joshua 4:1-7

My quick research of the history of Memorial Day in the United States confirmed and revealed interesting facts and some "uncertainties” on the origins of this national holiday (holy day).  One site stated, "It’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.  It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings….”  This is a true statement if by origin one means the first practice; however, for those APPROACHING the idea with PRINCIPLE, the origin is God Himself and His commandment: Remember, remember, remember.

One topic was common to most of the sites I searched for this blog:  America is forgetting to remember—specifically, on Memorial Day, to remember those who "gave the last full measure of devotion”—our fallen soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, guards, and militia.  America is preoccupied with a three-day weekend, special sales, and cookouts.  Fading are the acts of commemoration honoring the character and actions of heroes.

You can do the same simple research and learn more about this day.  Then, you can determine to build a memorial—a family tradition—that causes your children to ask, "What mean ye by these stones (Why are we doing this today)?”  Use this opportunity (leading idea) to share stories of bravery and valor, of commitment and conviction, of devotion and determination, of selfless service to others, of willingness to give "the last full measure of devotion”—of sacrifice.  Is there any better picture of our Lord?

This do in remembrance.

By the way, Armed Forces Day, a day established to honor and thank our active duty personnel, is the third Saturday in May.  If you missed the opportunity of this special day, it is never too late to say thank you.  Veterans Day, a national holiday to honor and express gratitude to our surviving veterans of the various branches of the armed forces, is always on November 11.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and
handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like
in the United States where men were free.”
  Ronald Reagan

 

Read "Memorial Day Is NOT on Sale" from The Patriot Post

 

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Go and Enjoy: Read Aloud to Yourself

Posted By Connie Moody, Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Ezra read [the Law] aloud. . . and all the people [men and women—adults—who were able to understand] listened attentively. . . The priests read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read. . . ‘Go and enjoy. . . This day is holy to our Lord.  Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.'”      Nehemiah 8:3-10

 

A supposed "triumph” in modern education is the early and complete transition from being read to to reading silently to oneself.  Once established as the preferred mode, silent reading is used all too frequently at the detriment of other aspects of developing the mind and character for which the gift of voice and the art of listening were designed.  As a result, many adults so trained by their own elementary educations have excellent reading fluency but are unable to understand and apply challenging (and sometimes even simple) texts because they automatically default to silent reading and try to read with understanding without having cultivated "ears to hear.”  Suffering thus, they recoil from the sounds of silence and cease to venture into the world of history, literature, and even the Holy Scriptures—the world of ideas, principles, and purposes—for the fruitless exercise of reading without understanding. 

Those who also have added difficulties due to processing disabilities or visual impairments often shy away from words on a page in a sense of self-preservation.  In addition to being early sequestered within their own minds by silent reading, many young readers are discouraged from using aids to follow the text.  Forced to remove their fingers from the lines of text and their bookmarks from the page too soon, many never develop the acuity to visually track the typeset further compounding their frustration with reading.  If it helps to add the kinetic support of gliding your finger along the lines of print, then by all means, do so.

Those familiar with the volumes of the Christian History Library published by FACE (Christian History of the Constitution, Teaching & Learning America’s Christian History, The Christian History of the American Revolution, Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, etc.) know that these are not texts readily digested by a casual read—even by the best of readers.  Likewise, the classic novels and epics suggested in the Noah Plan Literature Curriculum Guide are often shunned as texts too long and difficult for students (and teachers), so abridged editions or other titles are proposed.  Our current political climate and sad economic condition have many pondering the need to revisit the texts that informed the minds of our Founders and to read what they wrote in defense of the republic, as well as other great records of history and liberty.  These do not come readily to the modern reader; The Federalist Papers, for instance, can pose a daunting task to read and understand.

How do we approach the lofty ideas, principles, and purposes inspired by the heart of God and crafted into words by so many writers throughout the centuries?  Why, Reading Aloud—to Yourself!

"As Horace Scudder writes, Reading Aloud is ‘stronger than iron in welding souls together.’”1 Reading Aloud not only binds individual souls together in a unity of ideas and character, it binds ideas of consequence to our hearts and equips us with internal understanding on which to act.  It builds our character, cultivates our conscience, and trains our mental faculties.  Reading Aloud employs all the senses to rouse the mental faculties causing them to work together to grasp the ideas and secure understanding.  Reading Aloud also develops us as storytellers able to excite emotions while conveying truths that will be cherished, remembered, and perpetuated in each generation.  These are reasons why we insist on reading literature aloud to students even in high school.

Bringing a text to life and its meaning to the forefront is also aided by knowing the author—his providential setting, spheres of influence, character, and contributions.  Who is he to tell this story, to make this declaration, to pen these words?  Reading an overview of the story or text is also helpful to help gain a general understanding of the "big picture” into which you will put the particulars of the details you read.  This prepares you to center your thoughts and focus on the purposeful targets of the text.  Books on the topic written for children or youth can supply this preview.  The summations of gifted commentators and modern translations also serve well.  Don’t think it cheating to read the end of chapter notes and summaries before reading the chapter.  And, Cliff’s Notes do have a place in preparing to read with understanding but should never become a substitute for reading the REAL story.

So as you are prompted by the Spirit to be restored to the truths revealed in His Word, to His principles manifest in documents of His-story, to His character portrayed in the lives of literary characters, and to His love conveyed in the lines of poetry, do not deny yourself these wonders—Go and enjoy!  Do not grieve but feed on the meat of the original sources, the full text, the unmodified language.  As a priest, like Ezra, mount the platform and Read Aloud to Yourself—for the joy of the Lord is your strength!

 

1 Slater, Rosalie J. A Family Program for Reading Aloud. Chesapeake, VA: FACE. 6.

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Pondering the RE-SUR-RECT-ION

Posted By Connie Moody, Friday, April 6, 2012

Training in etymology pays the dividend of seeing the meaning IN words. Learning the origin of word parts, i.e., roots and affixes, helps us "think meanings” and more readily apply the truths implicit in the word to our lives—to discern, adopt, and act on principles.

This week our hearts are attuned to the power and the life-giving grace of God through the resurrection—Jesus Christ is risen; He Lives—RE-SUR-RECT-ION!

From the Latin:

RE – again
      SUR – above (the ground)
               RECT – straight, right, (up)right
                          ION – state of being

An exploration of the word in the Greek leads to anastasis, standing again in life, from anistemi, to stand up and to raise up. Other Greek words translated ‘resurrection' in the New Testament also mean resurgence, to rouse from sleep and inactivity, and to produce, to beget.

Reasoning from the greater to the lesser, how might the awe-inspiring reality of the bodily resurrection be reasoned and related to our lives today, while we are yet on this side of death? Does God not give us His power and strength to be in a state of standing straight and upright again and again above the din, demands, and disbelief of our life and times here and now? Does He not inspire [breathe in] ongoing resurgence of faith and might in His people now serving on this earth? Does He not rouse us from sleep and inactivity to watch with Him while the watch is ours? Does He not trust and equip us to produce and beget His truth in our spheres of influence and in the next generation?

He has done the GREATER thing—He is RISEN—surely He will do the lesser thing for you and me!

"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, [the women] came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

"And it came to pass that they were much perplexed thereabout, [Do I approach each day with my intentions and expectations and end up perplexed when things aren't as I think they should be?  Do I miss the signs of the miraculous wondering instead what will become of my special preparations?  Do I really hope to find the body of my Lord in the dark recesses of life somehow seeking comfort in not being alone in my distress?] behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed their faces to the earth, [Fear and its related emotions drive our eyes to look at our immediate circumstances, enormous issues, and gross limitations.  We see the giants, not the promise.] they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen [Look Up!] . . . [just as He said]. And they remembered His words [and the Word was God]. . . .”

Luke 24:1-8

Celebrate the RE-SUR-RECT-ION!  Look up and remember His Words.

F.A.C.E.

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Exercise your sovereignty—VOTE!

Posted By Connie Moody, Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"A share in the sovereignty of the state, which is exercised by the citizens at large,
in voting at elections is one of the most important rights of the subject,
and in a republic ought to stand foremost in the estimation of the law.” 
-
Alexander Hamilton

In joining ourselves into commonwealths for the better protection of our rights and liberties we surrender a small portion of our individual sovereignty—a distinction that marks man as being created in the image of the Sovereign—to the state by consent. However, we retain the majority of our sovereignty as we dare maintain our rights through Christian self-government in all our reserved jurisdictions and check the restraints set on local, state, and national civil government through our voices of enlightened reason and our votes of clear conscience.

We must not believe that our small self-governed lives and our single ballots are insignificant or incapable of effecting great purposes. God has written a history of using the weak to confound the mighty. The seeds of His Gospel sown through our words and deeds will produce a manifold harvest in another season that blesses all.

"Also. . . the Washington Examiner wrote an excellent editorial praising [Virginia Attorney General] Ken Cuccinelli and his fellow Attorneys General for stepping up and defending the Constitution.  They said, 'Elections are just one way the Constitution empowers Americans to fight back against a centralizing regime in the nation's capital. State attorneys general have every right—indeed, it is their obligation—to respond forcefully when the federal government breaks the law.' " (From The Cuccinelli Compass, The Rule of Law, e-mail 03/13/2012, kc4ag@cuccinelli.com.)

To read the full editorial click here.


‘"What constitutes a state?
Not high-raised battlement or labored mound,
Thick wall or moated gate;
Not cities proud, with spires and turrets crowned;
Not bays and broad-armed ports,
Where, laughing at the storm, rich navies ride;
Nor starred and spangled courts,
Where low-browed baseness wafts perfume to pride.
No: MEN, high-minded MEN,
With powers as far above dull brutes endued,
In forest, brake, or den,
As beasts excel cold rocks and brambles rude:
Men who their duties know,
But know their rights, and, knowing, dare maintain;
Prevent the long-aimed blow,
And crush the tyrant while they rend the chain
:
These Constitute a state;
And SOVEREIGN LAW, that state's collected will,
O'er thrones and globes elate
Sits empress, crowning good, repressing ill.'"

Excerpts from the Works of Daniel Webster, 1851, cited in Verna M. Hall's Christian History of the Constitution: Christian Self-Government with Union, Vol. II, p. 8. (Emphasis added.)

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MONUMENTAL: A Must See for All Patriots

Posted By Connie Moody, Wednesday, February 22, 2012

MONUMENTAL Cinematic Event Celebrates

America's Story of Faith and Freedom with

Host Kirk Cameron Live in Theaters Nationwide

NCM Fathom and Kirk Cameron Present Inspirational One-Night Event with

Special Guests and Live Musical Performances in Select Movie

Theaters on Tuesday, March 27

Centennial, Colo. – Feb. 9, 2012 – This spring, audiences across the country will unite to celebrate America's story of faith and freedom with MONUMENTAL: In Search of America's National Treasure Live, a one-night event on Tuesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. MT/8:00 p.m. PT (tape delayed). Hosted by well-known actor Kirk Cameron, MONUMENTAL reveals the story of the unlikely men and women who risked all for liberty, including the struggles of the Pilgrims, and shares stories of faith that helped shape education, government and civic life in the United States. This special in-theater event will also include live performances from popular Christian music artists, as well as exclusive interviews with media, faith and political figures who will share simple and practical ways to keep America's ideals alive, beginning at home.

Tickets for MONUMENTAL: In Search of America's National Treasure Live are available beginning Friday, Feb. 10 at participating theater box offices and online at http://www.fathomevents.com/. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

"I am thrilled to be partnering with Fathom Events to bring this unique theatrical event to audiences across America, as families and groups from every community experience this powerful moment together," said Cameron. "Over the past year-and-a-half I've traveled across the U.S. and Europe to discover the true national treasure of America. I wanted to find out who the people were that built this country – the heroic men and women who sacrificed everything to be free and give their children and their grandchildren freedom and prosperity. What I found is simply amazing.”

Presented by NCM Fathom and Kirk Cameron, MONUMENTAL: In Search of America's National Treasure Live will be broadcast to nearly 550 select movie theaters across the country through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.

"Through this inspiring, family-friendly in-theater event, audiences will rediscover those who sacrificed everything, so future generations could experience the American dream,” said Dan Diamond, senior vice president of NCM Fathom.

Moved by the current economic, political and moral issues facing the country, MONUMENTAL, directed by Duane Barnhart, chronicles Cameron's personal journey to historic sites across Europe and the U.S. to discover the secret that has made America the freest and most prosperous country in the word. As Cameron retraces the heroic and faithful beginnings of America, he discovers a monument to the founding fathers that answers what core principles will keep America strong, free, and well: freedom, justice, education, morality, and religion. Cameron is a television and film actor, noted recently for his work in the inspirational film, Fireproof. He is also known for his memorable roles on ABC's Growing Pains, the Left Behind movies, and co-host of The Way of the Master television series.

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King George?

Posted By Connie Moody, Thursday, February 9, 2012

George Washington's journals, letters, and official correspondence as Commander in Chief of the American Army during the Revolution are ripe with his firsthand accounts of the brutality of war, the human cost of battle, the twin enemies of death and desertion, the dissention in the ranks that often threatened unity of purpose, and the suffering of soldiers faithful to the cause of Liberty lacking even basic supplies and necessities. Every American is familiar with the terrible winter at Valley Forge to which Washington referred in a letter to Landon Carter the following spring:

"To paint the distresses and perilous situation of this army in the course of last winter, for want of cloaths, provisions, and almost every other necessity, essential to well-being, (I may say to existence) of an army would require more time and an abler pen than mine. . . ."1

Yet we know also from his writings that no reality of the conflict pained the General more than the ultimate affront to the "prize we contended for”—a Republic assuming rank among the Nations—than the suggestion of Colonel Lewis Nicola, a fellow officer, compatriot in arms, and representative of similar sentiments among some soldiers, that republics are flawed and that a constitutional monarchy would better suit this land. Nicola's letter contained a hint that Washington, "the same which have lead us, through difficulties apparently insurmountable by human power, to victory and glory, those qualities that have merited and obtained the universal esteem and veneration of an army, would be most likely to conduct and direct us in the smoother paths of peace,”2 was the best candidate to assume the role of monarch (though it is true that no one, including Nicola, had the title to bestow). Washington responded to what is now known as the Newburgh letter:

May 22, 1782

Sir: With a mixture of great surprise and astonishment I have read with attention the Sentiments you have submitted to my perusal. Be assured Sir, no occurrence in the course of the War, has given me more painful sensations than your information of there being such ideas existing in the Army as you have expressed, and I must view with abhorrence, and reprehend with severety. For the present, the communication of them will rest in my own bosom, unless some further agitation of the matter, shall make a disclosure necessary.

I am much at a loss to conceive what part of my conduct could have given encouragement to an address which to me seems big with the greatest mischiefs that can befall my Country. If I am not deceived in the knowledge of myself, you could not have found a person to whom your schemes are more disagreeable; at the same time in justice to my own feelings I must add, that no Man possesses a more sincere wish to see ample justice done to the Army than I do, and as far as my powers and influence, in a constitutional way extend, they shall be employed to the utmost of my abilities to effect it, should there be any occasion. Let me conjure you then, if you have any regard for your Country, concern for yourself or posterity, or respect for me, to banish these thoughts from your Mind, and never communicate, as from yourself, or any one else, a sentiment of the like Nature. With esteem I am.

It is this quality of character and conviction that has placed Washington among the heroes of history. It is this story that inspired American illustrator and author Howard Pyle to capture Washington's quiet response as an American moment (see the illustration, Washington Refusing a Dictatorship attached; it is also featured on page 26 of Rudiments). Flawed as any man, there was much to commend Washington to his contemporaries and to continue to commend him to his posterity.  It is evident that he was a powerful tool in the Hand of Providence on Christ's Chain of Christianity and its blessing of Liberty.

Let us set ourselves to develop this same depth of character and conviction that would respond to such a temptation in like manner. Let us hold our leaders responsible to their positions as representatives with the consent of the governed. Let us allow no man to act as king, but "bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution" (Thomas Jefferson).  Let us keep and hold dear the prize so bravely won—a Republic among the Nations.

1 George Washington, Letter to Landon Carter, May 30, 1778.  Excerpt printed in George Washington: The Character and Influence of One Man (FACE), p. 195.

2 Colonel Lewis Nicola, Letter to George Washington, Newburgh, NY, May 22, 1782.

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Vote TODAY

Posted By Connie Moody, Thursday, January 26, 2012

"In the intervening years customs and habits have changed. Opportunities for recreation have increased. Our entire mode of life has been recast through invention, the great growth of our cities, and for other reasons. Undoubtedly, this has been responsible in no small measure for the widespread disregard on the part of so many of our citizens of the privilege and duty of voting…If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed that is not their government…The whole system of American Government rests on the ballot box. Unless citizens perform their duties there, such a system of government is doomed to failure.”           Calvin Coolidge

Voting is a means of giving internal Christian self-government and conscience external expression. By definition, a vote is "the expression of a wish, desire, will, preference or choice in regard to any measure proposed, in which the person voting has an interest in common with others, either in electing a man to office, or in passing laws, rules, regulations, and the like…” (Webster's 1828 Dictionary). Students of the Principle Approach® understand that these elements of internal property: wishes, desires, will, preferences, choices, are to be vassals to reason ruled by and wholly obedient to God (see Grotius quote, T&L, p. 119).

It is easy for us to perform the action of voting at the ballot box and even to exhort others to do likewise. However, failure to vote isn't just neglecting to register, finding excuse not to stand in line at the precinct on Election Day, or not pushing a button or coloring a bubble once behind the veil. Failing to vote is failing to have our reason ruled by and wholly obedient to God regarding His principles of government and then seeing to it that these are upheld in our personal lives and in the civil spheres through our voting duty (or even perhaps seeking to serve in public office).

Failing to vote in this sense has been a chronic condition of much of the citizenry for many generations. Christians are especially at fault as we have the capacity through the indwelling Spirit to have reason ruled by God*. Therefore, as Coolidge predicted, a government has developed that is not of the people, by the people, and for the people—a Christian constitutional republic—our interest in common.

Don't wait until November 6, 2012; VOTE TODAY! Begin researching, reasoning, relating, and recording the principles you need to know and hold inviolate as you vet the candidates and examine the initiatives and referenda up for election and teach your children, students and others through this important process.

 

* Note definition #4 of 'vote', "United voice in public prayer,” and consider the crucial role Christians must play, first and foremost in prayer.

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Religious Freedom Day

Posted By Connie Moody, Friday, January 13, 2012
Updated: Thursday, March 8, 2012

Jefferson's Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom (1786) is celebrated January 16th by presidential proclamation, a practice first established in 1993 by George H. W. Bush. However, the passage of the statute was extolled by James Madison in 1826 when he wrote in a letter that the bill establishing religious freedom had been "enacted into a permanent barrier against Future attempts on the rights of conscience”1. In another letter to the bill's author in the year of the statute's adoption, Madison proclaimed that it "extinguished forever the ambitious hope of making laws for the human mind”2 reiterating Madison's own belief that religious opinion, or opinion of any kind for that matter, cannot be compelled, coerced, or controlled by any legislation or action of civil authority as opinions are a matter of conscience—"our most sacred property”.

There is no denying the significance of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom as well as other state constitutions and bills of rights which recognized religious liberty and liberty of conscience for the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (only three states maintained established religions at the time of the Constitutional Convention). This peculiarly American principle became part of the supreme law of the land.

Unfortunately this "permanent barrier” is threatened by ignorance and complacency—the twin foes of personal liberty—among the citizenry. Don't leave the preservation of your religious liberty up to a proclamation by the president. Know and exercise your God-given, unalienable rights. Also, do not be deceived, post-modernism, secular-humanism, and atheism are religions which by law are not allowed preferred status, preferential treatment, or support for their establishment by disestablishing every tradition of Christianity in the public square. "Prescriptive pluralism destroys liberty of conscience (and therefore religious liberty) and attempts to equalize the relevance of all faiths. . . Religious pluralism is the postmodern counterfeit of religious liberty, which in turn, demands toleration.” (2008, p. 234)

A copy of the Virginia Statute and a paraphrase of the same are included in A Guidebook for Religious Freedom Day available at religiousfreedomday.com.

Dr. Gai Ferdon presents a well-researched explanation of these important topics in Chapter 6 of her book A Republic If You Can Keep It (2008) available from FACE in softbound print or electronically as part of the Christian History Library in Libronix®.

1 James Madison to George Mason, July 14, 1826
2 James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, January 22, 1786
Both of these references are cited in full in Chapter 6 Notes of Dr. Ferdon's book.

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THE New Year's Diet

Posted By Connie Moody, Tuesday, January 3, 2012

DI´ET, n. [L. diæta; Gr. διαιτα, manner of living, mode of life prescribed by a physician, food, a room, parlor or bed room; Sp. dieta; Fr. diète; It. dieta. In the middle ages, this word was used to denote the provision or food for one day, and for a journey of one day. Spelman. Hence it seems to be from dies, day, or its root; and hence the word may have come to signify a meal or supper, and the room occupied for eating.]

1. Food or victuals; as, milk is a wholesome diet; flesh is nourishing diet.

2. Food regulated by a physician, or by medical rules; food prescribed for the prevention or cure of disease, and limited in kind or quantity…

3. Allowance of provision…

4. Board, or boarding… washing and lodging.

DI´ET, v. i. To eat according to rules prescribed.1


Every New Year many are inspired to better their lives with determinations and resolves. Topping the list of resolutions is losing weight by dieting—eating by rules prescribed. Seemingly, this tradition is necessary because for the better part of the year, we don't eat accordingly!

So, what are the rules prescribed for a proper diet? What is our diet?  Even more, what is "the better life" we seek?

Resolve today to practice Christian scholarship by 4'R'ing the word ‘diet' and following this leading idea to the principles that must govern our health—especially our internal, spiritual health: "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they ARE spirit, and they ARE life.” (John 6:63, emphasis added)

RESEARCH: Complete a word study of ‘diet'.

REASON: Read John, Chapter 6 and reflect on Christ's, the Great Physician's, revelation about "our daily bread—our daily diet.”

RELATE: Determine your New Year's Diet Resolutions.

RECORD: Write your resolutions and give a copy to someone willing to help you form new life habits for a healthy diet on the Word of Life.  Consider sharing your 4-R'ing and resolutions on this blog.

Happy New Year of our Lord, 2012.



1Webster, Noah: Noah Webster's First Edition of An American Dictionary of the English Language. Chesapeake, VA : Foundation for American Christian Education, 2006.

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On Christmas Day

Posted By Connie Moody, Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dr. Peter Lillback, president of Westminster Theological Seminary and The Providence Forum and author of the bestselling George Washington's Sacred Fire (Providence Forum Press) wrote in the Winter, 2006-07 Forum Gazette about a youthful George Washington: "Consider what Washington learned of Christmas as a student. His school papers still exist and include [the copied poem "On Christmas Day” beginning with]: ‘Assist me Muse divine to sing the morn / On which the Saviour of mankind was born.'” This is but one tiny bit of the plethora of primary source documents including George Washington's own papers and the writings of those closest to him that verify Washington's faith as decidedly Christian, not deistic, as the revisionists like to promote.

Consider and ponder and perhaps copy the words of this poem, once so beautifully rendered in young George Washington's own hand (a PDF of his original copywork is attached), as you contemplate the purpose of Christ's coming to earth this Christmas season.

On Christmas Day

Assist me Muse divine to sing the morn,

On which the Saviour of mankind was born;

But oh! what numbers to the theme can rise?

Unless kind angels aid me from the skies?

Methinks I see the tunefull Host descend,

And with officious joy the scene attend!

Hark, by their hymns directed on the road,

The gladsome shepherds find the nascent God!

And view the Infant conscious of his Birth,

Smiling bespeak Salvation to the Earth!

For when the important Æra first drew near

In which the great Messiah should appear;

And to accomplish his redeeming Love,

Resign a while his glorious throne above;

Beneath our form should every Woe sustain,

And by triumphant suffering fix his Reign,

Should for the lost man in tortures yield his Breath

Dying to save us from eternal Death!

Oh mystick union!—salutary Grace!

Incarnate God our nature should embrace!

That Deity should stoop to our Disguise!

That man recovered should regain the skies!

Dejected adam! from thy grave ascend,

And ours the Serpent's Deadly malice end;

Adorning bless th' Almighty's boundless Grace

That gave his son a Ransome for thy Races!

Oh never let my soul this Day forget,

But pay in gratefull praise her annual Debt

To him, whom tis my Trust, I shall [adore]

When time and sin, and Death [shall be no more.]

Transcribed from George Washington's Papers at the Library of congress, 1741-1799: Series 1a.  George Washington, Forms of Writing, and The Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation, ante 1747.

See more of Washington's notebook pages and learn more about his faith, his Providential preparation and his impact in George Washington: The Character and Influence of One Man, by Verna M. Hall.  Available from FACE [click here].

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