Dad’s Letter

It’s Christmas time – and you know, this time of year our minds are focused so much on the gifts we need to ‘buy’ for the ones we love. Well, in light of that may I share something that happened not too long ago?

I came home from work after a busy day. And I went upstairs and dropped my stuff – and then I noticed on my pillow a note, and it was written on that kind of paper, that unique kind of paper, that told me it came from my youngest daughter. I opened it up, and sure enough, it was a note from Shaina.

It said, “Dear Daddy, I miss you. I’m having fun here at school … Can I go to Santa’s secret shop. You’re gone too much. You are the best daddy in the whole world. Love, Shaina.”

Oh – oh, you talk about a payday – I loved it! I called her to me, knelt down on her level, and thanked her for the wonderful note. When I told her I loved her too, she threw her arms around my neck and just hugged me tight. It was a wonderful and a tender moment.

Now, a few days later I was with a group of teenagers.

We were chatting casually when, out of genuine curiosity, I asked them, “If you could have anything for Christmas and money was not a consideration, what would it be?”

Well, I have to confess here my shallowness. I expected them to start rambling off all these expensive toys that they would like to have. And to be honest, a few of them did mention some toys they’d like to have. But many, if not most of them, wanted such things as – their families home for the holidays; they wanted to spend time with their families and share experiences with their loved ones. I was surprised by that; I was impressed by that.

One young woman’s answer stood out in particular. She’s a quiet pretty young woman.

In response to the question, she said, “Well, I’d want some money for Christmas, and then I’d want a letter from my dad.”

Well, the ‘money’ answer I expected, but the ‘letter from dad’ – I was taken back by that, and I asked her why she would want that. I mean, I figured of all things that a teenager would want least from her parents, a sentimental letter would be that last thing.

Well, she explained that her father, at least once a year, writes her a letter in which he opens his heart, and tells her that he loves her. The letters have become a cherished tradition for her. In them, Dad bears his testimony of faith in the Lord, shares the experiences of his own life, and gives her guidance, and tells her what he expects from her.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

“You mean to tell me, of all the things you could have, you would most want a letter from your dad?”

“Yes,” she said, and she meant it!

You know something? Maybe our loved ones really don’t want the gifts that come out of stores this year as much as they want the gifts that come out of the heart – the gifts of memories.

Now, as a related thought, it was recently explained to me what ‘W W J D’ meant. I had never heard that before. It means ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ Well, may I suggest something new for Christmas this year? How about ‘W.W.J.G.’? – ‘What Would Jesus Give?

A very Merry Christmas to you.

A special thanks to Glenn Rawson for sharing this great story with us.

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Thanksgiving

Centuries ago the nation of Israel turned and watched as Moses stretched forth his hand and the walls of the Red Sea collapsed and returned to their strength. In awe Israel saw the mighty hosts of Pharaoh’s army overthrown in the sea, never again to oppress them. Now, with the subsequent restoration of God’s holy law through Moses, and their miraculous deliverance by Joshua into the Promised Land, Israel was once more a nation of free people, free in body, free in conscience, and free in nationality. Is it any wonder that Israel was so filled with joy and gratitude that they lifted their voices in song, thanking and praising God with all the power of their delivered souls?

Ever after that and for the centuries that followed, feasts and celebrations were established among the Hebrews, times of remembrance where they would be grateful and remember how that by the power of God He had made them a peculiar people and nation.

However, in time Israel did come to forget. Not only did they forget the God who had delivered them, but they forgot and mocked the covenants and responsibilities they had assumed as His chosen people. Eventually they were scattered, destroyed, and oppressed once more.

Now my dear friends, it has been said that history repeats itself. Our season of feasting and celebration is upon us this week; it’s Thanksgiving. What a blessed people we are! By the power of God we are a prosperous and a free people. Praise be to God for the kindness of His Fatherhood, for the prayers He has answered, and for the privileges He has given us. May we rejoice now in our time. We are the greatest, wealthiest people ever in the history of this earth. Ought we not to thank the God who gave it? Oh, I hope our riches never come to canker our soul.

Further, thank God for the gift of His son; we have a free conscience. Thank God for the miracle of forgiveness and the power of redemption and resurrection. We are free. No tyrant can oppress our soul or destroy our peace unless we let him. Praise be to God for the assurance and presence of a Savior Who is always there, Who will not rest in His atoning endeavors until all of us have become celestial beings.

Thank God for truth, pure unadulterated ‘diamond truth’ that allows us to see and understand, and be anchored in place in a world that has become like a roaring blender of opinions and ideas. We are so blessed!

And thank God for America and her liberty. By the power of God and His guardian angels we are a free nation. There is so much more that is worth rejoicing of in America than is worth complaining of. Look around. I see this world we live in and I wonder: My children have never known starvation, many do; my children have never understood slavery and oppression, it’s [they are] foreign to them. They have never known the fear of tyrants, nor the despair of hopelessness and bondage. And yet there are people all over the earth who suffer so much. Why – why are we such a blessed people when so many suffer so much? I cannot help but think that America has the same responsibility as ancient Israel, to lift up the hands that hang down and strengthen the feeble knees. Oh, Heavenly Father, thank Thee for all of Thy bounty.

My dear friends, this Thanksgiving it is my prayer that our gratitude will overflow unto tears of humility and songs of rejoicing for the goodness of God. Oh to grace, how great a debtor; daily I’m constrained to be. Let thy goodness as a fetter bind my wandering heart to thee; prone to wander Lord I feel it; prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart, oh take and seal it; seal it for thy courts above.

Glenn Rawson

Vision Without Action is a Daydream!

To do all the talking and not be willing to listen is a form of greed.” -Democritus

Vision without action is a daydream, Action without vision is a nightmare. – Japanese Proverb

Good thoughts Enjoy your day!

Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.
Birthdays are good for you; the more you have, the longer you live.
How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you’re on.
Ever notice that the people who are late are often much jollier than the people who have to wait for them?
If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy.
Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us.
If Wal-Mart is lowering prices every day, how come nothing is free yet?
You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.
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We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some
are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors…. but they
all have to learn to live in the same box.
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Today’s Motivation:

“We are shaped and guided by what we love.” – Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

You can be a happier, more productive person by devoting more time to the things you love — and you won’t have to quit your day job. If gardening is your passion, spend a couple nights a week working in the yard for half an hour. If you love playing the piano, spend a few minutes at the keyboard before you leave the house for work.

By all means fulfill your responsibilities, but set aside a little time for the things that make you happiest — and see how your outlook improves.
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Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. – William Jennings Bryan

Your Personal Quotes:

“Self-trust is the first secret of success.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To expect life to be tailored to our specifications is to invite frustration.”
“Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.” – Dr. Harriet Braiker

Use your ears:
“Years ago, I tried to top everybody, but I don’t anymore. I realized it was killing conversation. When you’re always trying for a topper you aren’t really listening. It ruins communication.” – Groucho Marx
“There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for.” – James Nathan Miller
“To do all the talking and not be willing to listen is a form of greed.” -Democritus

Banana For Breakfast Anyone???

This is interesting. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

DEPRESSION:
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS:
Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

ANEMIA:
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

BLOOD PRESSURE:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

BRAIN POWER:
200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

CONSTIPATION:
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

HANGOVERS:
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

HEARTBURN:
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

MORNING SICKNESS:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

MOSQUITO BITES:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

NERVES:
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

ULCERS:
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL:
Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!’

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He who receives a benefit should never forget it; and he who bestows it should never remember it. — Pierre Charron

Cherish yesterday. Dream tomorrow. Live today.

Shadows fall behind us when we walk toward the light.

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.

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“Family Traditions”

Daily we should kneel in family prayer and study the scriptures togethe

“The practice of having traditions to keep us close to the great heritage
which is ours to enjoy should be something every family should try to keep
alive.

“Daily we should kneel in family prayer and study the scriptures together.

Weekly we should observe the Sabbath day by attending church, and behave
appropriate to the activities that are proper for the Lord’s day.   Perhaps
it would also be appropriate to have a date with our wives each week, to remind
us of the great blessing they are in our lives.  Monthly we should fast and pay our
tithes and offerings to the Lord.  We should organize, annually, family reunions
to keep alive our great gospel heritage.

“If we will build righteous traditions in our families, the light of the
gospel can grow ever brighter in the lives of our children from generation
to generation.  We can look forward to that glorious day when we will all
be united together as eternal family units to reap the everlasting joy
promised by our Eternal Father.

“Our family activities and traditions can be a beacon to the rest of the
world as an example of how we should live to merit His choice blessings
and live in peace and harmony until the day that He returns to rule and
reign over us.”

L. Tom Perry

What Is Your State’s Real Motto?

The New Approved Politically Correct State Mottos!

Alabama
Hell, Yes, We Have Electricity.

Alaska
11,623 Eskimos Can’t Be Wrong!

Arizona
Yes, But It’s A Dry Heat.

Arkansas
Literacy Ain’t Everythang.

California
By 30, Our Women Have More Plastic Than Your Honda.

Colorado
If You Don’t Ski, Don’t Bother.

Connecticut
Like Massachusetts, only smaller.

Delaware
We Really Do Like The Chemicals In Our Water.

Florida
Ask Us About Our Grand kids And Our Voting Skills.

Georgia
We Put The Fun In Fundamentalist Extremism.

Hawaii
Haka Tiki Mou Sha’ami Leeki Toru
(Death To Mainland Scum, But Leave Your Money)

Idaho
More Than Just Potatoes. Well, Okay, We’re Not, But The Potatoes Sure Are Real Good

Illinois
Please, Don’t Pronounce the “S”

Indiana
2 Billion Years Tidal Wave Free

Iowa
We Do Amazing Things With Corn

Kansas
First Of The Rectangle states

Kentucky
Five Million People; Fifteen Last Names

Louisiana
We’re Not ALL Drunk Cajun Wackos, But That’s Our Tourism Campaign.

Maine
We’re Really Cold, But We Have Cheap Lobster

Maryland
If You Can Dream It, We Can Tax It

Massachusetts
Our Taxes Are Lower Than Sweden ‘s And Our Senators Are More Corrupt

Michigan
First Line Of Defense From The Canadians

Minnesota
10,000 Lakes… And 10 Zillion Mosquitoes

Mississippi
Come visit And Feel Better About Your Own State

Missouri
Your Federal Flood Relief Tax Dollars At Work

Montana
Land Of The Big Sky, The Una-bomber, Right-wing Crazies, and Honest Elections

Nebraska
Ask About Our State Motto Contest

Nevada
Hookers and Poker!

New Hampshire
Go Away And Leave Us Alone

New Jersey
You Want A ##$%##! Motto? I Got Yer ##$%##! Motto Right here!

New Mexico
Lizards Make Excellent Pets

New York
You Have The Right To Remain Silent,
You Have The Right To An Attorney
And No Right To Self Defense!

North Carolina
Tobacco Is A Vegetable

North Dakota
We Really Are One Of The 50 States!

Ohio
At Least We’re Not Michigan

Oklahoma
Like The Play, But No Singing

Oregon
Spotted Owl… It’s What’s For Dinner

Pennsylvania
Cook With Coal

Rhode Island
We’re Not REALLY An Island

South Carolina
Remember The Civil War? Well, We Didn’t Actually Surrender, Yet!

South Dakota
Closer Than North Dakota

Tennessee
Home of the Al Gore Invention Museum

Texas
Se Hable Ingles

Utah
Our Jesus Is Better Than Your Jesus

Vermont
Too liberal for the Kennedys

Virginia
Who Says Government Stiffs And Slackjaw Yokels Don’t Mix?

Washington
Our Governor can out-fraud your Governor!

West Virginia
One Big Happy Family…Really!

Wisconsin
Come Cut the Cheese!

Wyoming
Where Men are Men and the Sheep are Scared. Home of Brokeback Mountain

The District of Columbia
The Work-Free Drug Place
Well that covers it and now you know the real mottos of these great states.

When America Was Great!

WHEN …?

All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

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It took five minutes for the TV warm up?

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Nearly everyone’s Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?

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Nobody owned a purebred dog?

When a quarter was a decent allowance?

You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?

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All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair coiffed once a week, neatly combed daily, and wore high heels?

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time?
And you didn’t pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?

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Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents? And to be rewarded an ice cream cone.

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They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . and they did?

When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car…to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?

Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like, “That cloud looks like a ….”

and playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game and kick the can, unafraid on the streets at night?

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Stuff from the local store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?

And with all our progress, don’t you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today?

When being sent to the principals’ office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?

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DO YOU REMEBER?

Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy,
Howdy Dowdy and the Peanut Gallery,
the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows,
Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale , Trigger and Buttermilk.

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As well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games,
Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say, “Yeah, I remember that”?

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Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside, Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles, Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxesimage029.jpg

Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum

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Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
Telephone numbers with a word prefix…(Raymond 4-601). & Party lines
Howdy Dowdy

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45 RPM records

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Green Stamps
Hi-Fi’s
Metal ice cubes trays with levers
Beanie and Cecil
Roller-skate keys
Cork pop guns
Drive ins
The Fuller Brush Man
Tinkertoys
Erector Sets
Lincoln Logs

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15 cent McDonald hamburgers
5 cent packs of baseball cards -with that awful pink slab of bubble gum
Penny candy
24 cents a gallon gasoline

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Jiffy Pop popcorn
Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?
It wasn’t odd to have two or three “Best Friends”?
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was “cooties”?
Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
A foot of snow was a dream come true?
Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures?
“Oly-oly-oxen-free” made perfect sense?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!!

The God of America

There is much that is right and good in this nation, but there is cause for serious concern. America is forgetting the God of her birth and that inevitably is a disastrous course!

There is much that is right and good in this nation, but there is cause for serious concern. America is forgetting the God of her birth and that inevitably is a disastrous course!

I don’t know what to do about it. I don’t know how to fix all the ills of this nation. But my friends, I believe in the power of prayer. I know that God hears us. I believe as the apostle James said that ‘… The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.’ This people and this nation could be wonderfully transformed in a short time if only we – if only we individually would humble ourselves, acknowledge our failings, and turn back to the God of this land. Therefore, in that spirit, I would like to share this inspired prayer offered on the 29th of June, 1997 by Gordon B. Hinckley. He said:

“O God, our Eternal Father, Thou who presides over the nations and their people, we come unto Thee in prayer. We thank Thee for this great and sovereign nation of which we are citizens. Touch the minds of those of our Congress that they shall stand tall and independent in defense of the liberty of the people. Bless the Chief Executive. He is our President. Let thy Spirit move upon him to bring to pass those measures which will lift the burdens of government from the backs of the people and keep this nation, under God, a citadel of freedom standing as an example to all the world. Bless the Supreme Court of the United States, which in recent days has declared unconstitutional a measure designed to secure the religious liberty of the people of this nation. May a way be found under Thy divine inspiration to bring to pass another measure that will be sustained by the Court. May Thy peace rest upon this nation. May we as a people look to Thee and live. May the benevolent hand of the Almighty protect us from the evil forces of the world. May humanism and secularism bend to an increased acknowledgment of Thee as our Father and our God. May the Spirit of brotherhood spread throughout the land. As we pray to Thee we do so in our manner, and respect the prayers of others who speak after their manner, that Thou will [wilt] hear us all as we lift our voices in behalf of our nation. Almighty Father, hear us, guide us, protect us. Make us both strong and benevolent before the world. Forgive our erring ways. May we turn back to Thee in our search for wisdom, for guidance, for direction, we humbly ask in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.“

‘America! America! May God shed His grace on thee.’

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George Washington More Then a President!

On April 14th, he once again answered the call and left Mount Vernon with a heavy heart, “… feeling,” he said, “like a culprit going to his execution.”

June 15, 1775: The American Colonies are at war with mother England. The Continental Congress votes unanimously and appoints one of its members to be commander-in-chief of the colonial army. Forty-three year old George Washington stood before them and said, “I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in this room [that] I do not think myself equal to this command I am honored with.”

Eight years later, by the grace of God and the genius of Washington, the war was won, and America, the land of divine destiny, was free. General Washington gave up his power and returned to the private life of a farmer at Mount Vernon. He was beyond doubt America’s most revered hero.

But the country was yet in turmoil. The existing government was weak. James Madison and others pled with Washington to attend a convention for the purpose of revising the government. Reluctantly, at the call Washington once again left Mount Vernon for service to his country.

May 15th, 1787, delegates entered the Pennsylvania State House to begin the task of restructuring the national government. No sooner were they seated than Washington was unanimously elected president of the convention.

Five months later, by the wisdom of the greatest minds of that century, the Constitution of the United States was drafted and sent to the states for ratification. The debates were hot and furious. Foremost among the objections to the new system of government was the awesome power of the office of the President of the United States.

Well, the Constitution was finally ratified with the clear understanding that only one man could be trusted with such power. And on February 4th, 1789, George Washington was – and get it – was unanimously elected president of the United States.

On April 14th, he once again answered the call and left Mount Vernon with a heavy heart, “… feeling,” he said, “like a culprit going to his execution.”

Sixteen days later he stood on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York. With a multitude watching, he placed his hand on the Bible and repeated the Constitutional Oath of Office: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” And then Washington of his own accord added the following: “So help me God.”President Washington then bent down, and kissed the Bible.

The grand experiment was underway. He would be unanimously elected to two terms as president, and guide a fledgling nation to find its wings and fly. In 1797 he refused to allow himself to be reelected; two terms was enough. He retired to Mount Vernon and his family. Two years later, after more than 40 of his 67 years in public service, he died quietly at his home.

George Washington was a wise man raised up by the Lord to assist in establishing America, the promised land of Joseph, the vineyard of God. I find it most interesting – given that – that when President Washington was sworn in as the president of this nation, his hand rested on the 49th chapter of Genesis, the patriarchal blessing of Joseph of Egypt.

“No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency….” — George Washington, First Inaugural Address.

©2000 by Glenn Rawson – June, 2000

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