"The Prayer at Valley Forge"--something to rememberSubmitted by precious liberty on Sun, 02/17/2008 - 19:45
I was thinking this morning about how donations have dropped drastically ever since Super Tuesday. I, like so many of you, was so enthusiastic and excited at first, but lately I’ve had the feelings of the whole thing being a lost cause and why should I waste my money on a campaign that doesn’t have a prayer of winning. But maybe that’s the problem. Maybe we really can still win, but we just need more prayers. An image popped into my mind of Arnold Friberg’s painting, “The Prayer at Valley Forge” where George Washington is kneeling next to his horse in the snow in fervent prayer and I thought, you know, where do we get our rights from? The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Our Creator gave us our rights and it is Him whom we should turn to for help and guidance in preserving and protecting these rights. Have too many of us forgotten Him?
Alexis de Tocqueville once said, “Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot. Religion is much more necessary in the republic...than in the monarchy... it is more needed in democratic republics than in any others. How is it possible that society should escape destruction if the moral tie is not strengthened in proportion as the political tie is relaxed? And what can be done with a people who are their own masters if they are not submissive to the Deity?” The Founders were religious and moral people who relied on their Creator for guidance in the birth of this great nation and I think it is time that we too remember our great Creator and ask Him for his help, strength and guidance. In Arnold Friberg’s notes about the painting of George Washington kneeling in prayer, he said, “It should be plain to anyone that this is a symbolic picture, rather than a historically recorded event. The well known American legend is without documentation. But from Washington's own words there can be no doubt of his deep and humble dependence upon whom he chose to call "that all wise and powerful Being on whom alone our success depends. It is my hope that coming through this picture will once again whisper the spirit of Valley Forge, of suffering and devotion and pain, of liberty, and of the hand of God in the affairs of men."
I believe we have come to a “Valley Forge” moment in history where all looks bleak and hopeless for the cause of liberty. Are we willing to remember our God and have faith that He will help us. All we must do is ask. I know there have been several “money bombs” where we have successfully helped Ron Paul’s campaign efforts, but I think it is now time for a day set aside for faith and prayer on the behalf of all those who are fighting for freedom. God is always on the side of righteousness and liberty. He will hear our prayers and I believe He will provide new doors of opportunity for us who are not giving up in this fight. We all have our moments of hopelessness, but we must remember who is in charge and continue to call upon Him for strength and hope. Is anyone interested in this? If so, please give your opinions on a good day to do it and how to get the word out. Thanks!