.Hosting my dad who has been visiting from California this week, has been a treat. When I asked him where he would like to visit on his nine day trip, he had one request. “I’ve always wanted to visit George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon. It’s on my bucket list.” We both appreciate American history and the faith of our founding fathers. So off we went, headed to Virginia, on a eight hour road trip.
We live in a day and age where people want to remove any faith based history and act as if God has not been part of the foundation of our great country. The truth is, America was established by men that gave all credit and acknowledgement to God. It’s because of their faithful allegiance and strong character that America has had favor and protection that carries on today.
President George Washington cultivated an aura of providential favor about his own person and the founding of the American nation. Becoming the father of a new nation—in addition to surviving a war despite having a number of horses shot out from under you, your clothes riddled with bullet holes, and narrowly escaping cannonball blasts—was the providence of God. He was known as “bulletproof George” or “unsinkable George”.
Glorious indeed has been our Contest: glorious, if we consider the Prize for which we have contended, and glorious in its Issue. In the midst of our Joys, I hope we shall not forget that, to divine Providence is to be ascribed the Glory and the Praise.” –Letter to Reverend John Rodgers, June 11, 1783
Did you know that George Washington is the one that initiated the Thanksgiving holiday? He proclaimed November 26th a holiday in which to give thanks to God.
“And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations. Beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations. To perform our several and relative duties properly…” –Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, October 3, 1789
Mount Vernon, home of George Washington