Christmas, George Washington, and the Birth of a Nation
As you celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ this Christmas, we want to encourage you to pray for our country and take a moment to thank God for the ability to practice our faith freely. Remember the amazing Christians who have gone before us in forming the United States of America. The greatest nation that has ever existed in the history of the world. Think about George Washington, the father of our nation, and Bible-believing Christian. On a cold winters night, December 25, 1776, George Washington crossed the Delaware river and gained one of the first victories in the revolutionary war at Trenton New Jersey which many consider to be the turning point in the war.
Just a year later, during the Christmas season in 1777 at Valley Forge, he prayed fervently and by God’s grace and power was able to form a mighty army that was eventually able to defeat the British and win the revolutionary war. It was likely at Valley Forge that George Washington knelt to pray depicted in this painting by Arnold Friberg.
A very early account of the scene by Isaac Potts says, “I saw the great George Washington on his knees alone, with his sword on one side and his cocked hat on the other. He was at Prayer to the God of the Armies, beseeching to interpose with his Divine aid, as it was ye Crisis, & the cause of the country, of humanity & of the world. Such a prayer I never heard from the lips of man. I left him alone praying.”
As you celebrate the birth of Christ tomorrow, lift up a prayer for our nation. We are at a huge crossroads and the next few years will have major consequences on the direction of our country and the freedom to share the gospel.