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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 238th Birthday USA

Happy 238th Birthday USA

Our country was founded on divine intervention from people who sought God's will and wanted a better life for their families.

Pilgrims

A group of people fled England to the Netherlands for religious freedom.  They were called separatists because their views didn't agree with the Church of England.  It was illegal not to attend the official Church of England and the punishment was prison.  They lived in Holland for several years but felt they were loosing their cultural identity and language.  So the leaders came up with a plan of going to America where they could have their own land, laws, and freedom.  In 1620 one hundred and twenty one men, women and children of faith in a better life stepped upon the Mayflower and Speedwell on a voyage to cross the Atlantic Ocean.  The Speedwell wasn't so speedy and the main beam caused it to crack but they didn't give up.  They sailed on with the Mayflower to the new land.

Land was sighted  on November 9, 1620 after sixty-five days on crowded ships.  Psalm 100 was read as a prayer of Thanksgiving.

"Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!  Serve the Lord with gladness.  Come before His presence with singing.  Know that the Lord, He is God;  It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves.  We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving.  And into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good.  His mercy is everlasting.  And His truth endures to all generations.

The Mayflower Compact was created for the general good of the Colony.  It organized them into a body of choice and  was ratified by a majority rule.  John Carver was elected as the first governor to lead the people of the new land.   The Mayflower Compact is known for the seed of democracy and called the first written constitution.

During the cold winter the women laid on top of their children to keep them warm in the night.  Many of the women died but the children lived because of their sacrifice..  Men quickly tried to build shelter.  Half of the pilgrims died the first winter.  But they believed in the call to a land of freedom where they don't have to go to prison for worshiping the way they choose.   Spring came and Squanto and other Indians helped them plant with fish so their crops can grow.  The colony survived and we know it now as Massachusetts.

George Washington

George Washington felt called of God.  In fact the Indians saw he had a profound destiny because their weapons somehow did not kill him.  He traveled ten miles to attend church.  He had private devotions in his library both morning and evening.  A nephew of Washington found him kneeling with an open Bible before him.

Washington's leadership  helped to win the war of Independence from England but after the war he encouraged Americans to believe by quoting

.....the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.
The faith of our founding fathers gave us favor with God.  People are still wanting to come to America for freedom and hope of a better life.  Let us not take for granted we live in the best country in the world.  Happy Birthday USA.  

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