Saturday, December 29, 2012

Who But The Ruler Of The Winds

clip_image001[4]It always fascinates me To read what the founding fathers and the people of old have to say about our country. Nearly every article that I read has always given God the Glory for the greatness of America. As I was reading this morning I found this article that was written by Ezra Stiles  He was the president of Yale College from 1778 to 1795. The article is a speech that was delivered to the governor and the general assembly of Connecticut in May 1783

 

In our lowest and most dangerous state, in 1776 and 1777, we sustained ourselves against the British Army of sixty thousand troops, commanded by the ablest generals Britain could procure throughout all Europe, with a naval force of twenty two thousand seamen in above eighty men of war.

Who but a Washington, inspired by Heaven, could have conceived the surprise move upon the enemy at Princeton, that Christmas eve when Washington and his army crossed the Delaware.

Who but the ruler of the winds could have delayed the British reinforcements by three months of contrary ocean winds at a critical point of the war.

Or what but “a providential miracle” at the last minute detected the treacherous scheme of the traitor Benedict Arnold, which would have delivered the American army including George Washington himself,, into the hands of the enemy.

Or the French role in the revolution, it is God who so ordered the balancing interests of nations as to produce an irresistible motive in the European maritime powers to take our part.

The United States are under peculiar obligations to become a holy people unto the Lord our God.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

THEODORE ROOSEVELT - The True Christian

The true Christian is the true citizen, lofty of purpose, resolute in endeavor, ready for a hero’s deed, but never looking down on his task because it is cast in the day of small things; scornful of baseness, awake to his own duties as well as his rights, following the higher law with reverence, and in this world doing all that is in his power lies, so that when death comes he may feel that mankind is in some degree better because he lived.

Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure ourselves what that life would be if these standards were removed. We would lose almost all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals; all the standards toward which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves

From a statement by Theodore Roosevelt, twenty sixth president of The United States (1901 – 1909 ) The youngest man to hold the office.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Eleven Days Before Christmas

twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.they were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day."where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse."this is heaven." declared a small boy. "we're spending Christmas at God's house."when what to their wondering eyes did appear,but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.then He opened His arms and He called them by name.and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bringthose children all flew into the arms of their Kingand as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.and as if He could read all the questions she hadHe gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."then He looked down on earth, the world far belowHe saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woethen He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!""may this country be delivered from the hands of fools""I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"then He and the children stood up without a sound."come now my children, let me show you around."excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,"in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA (my hometown)

It was eleven days before Christmas, around 9:38,

when twenty beautiful children stormed through Heaven's gate.

Their smiles were contagious and their laughter filled the air,

because they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.

They were filled with so much joy they didn't know what to say,

and they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.

"Where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse;

"This is Heaven," declared a small boy, "and we are spending Christmas at God's house."

When what to their wondering eyes did appear,

but Jesus – their Savior – and the children gathered near.

He looked at them and smiled and they smiled just the same,

as He opened His arms and He called each by name.

In that moment was joy that only Heaven can bring,

when all those children flew into the arms of their King.

While they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,

one small girl turned and looked at His beautiful face.

He knew fully all the questions she had,

so He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."

He looked down on America so far below,

and saw all of the hurt, the sorrow and woe.

He closed His eyes and stretched out His hand,

"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!

May the country be delivered from the hands of fools,

and allow my presence back in the nation and back the schools."

He and the children stood up without a sound,

"Come now my children and let me show you around."

Excitement filled the space as some skipped and some ran,

all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.

I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,

"In the midst of the terrible darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

by Cameo Smith