Friday, April 28, 2017

317 Years Ago This Month...

...A group of travel weary Christian refugees
rejoiced in their hearts, praising God
 as their storm-tossed ships safely
reached the shores of their new home 
across the sea from England...

One of their first acts after stepping
on solid ground once more, was to drop
to their knees and give thanks to God,
dedicating the soil on which they 
humbly knelt and prayed to the
Lord Jesus Christ.

Fast forward 317 years.
America has greatly changed since
the days of the First Landing in 1607.

Mercifully, God has not.

"...and proclaim liberty throughout all the land,
to all its inhabitants..."
Leviticus 25:10

"So if the Son liberates you,
makes you free people, then you
are really and unquestionably free."
John 8:36

Cape Henry Memorial Cross
Cape Henry, Virginia

Our Father, to whose sleepless eye
 the past and future stand
An open page,
 like babes we cling
 to Thy protecting hand;
Change, sorrow, death,
 are naught to us,
 if we may safely bow
Beneath the shadow of Thy throne
 a hundred years from now.
"A Hundred Years From Now"
Mary A. Ford

 "We have been assured, Sir, 
in the Sacred Writings,
 that,“except the Lord build the House,
 they labor in vain that build it.”
 I firmly believe this; and I also believe
 that without His concurring aid 
we shall succeed in this political building
 no better, than the Builders of Babel: 
We shall be divided by our partial local interests; 
our projects will be confounded, 
and we ourselves shall become a reproach
 and bye word down to future ages."
-Benjamin Franklin

 Benjamin Franklin
American Statesman, Postmaster, Inventor, Writer

"America was founded by people
who believe that God was their rock of safety.
I recognize we must be cautious claiming
that God is on our side,
but I think it's alright to keep asking
if we're on His side."
-Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan 
40th President of the United States of America

Prayer For America

Out of the depths have I cried to You, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice; let Your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications.
If You, Lord, should keep account of
and treat us according to our sins,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You
just what people need,
that You may be reverently
feared and worshiped.
I wait for the Lord,
I expectantly wait, and in
His word I do hope.
I am looking and waiting for the
Lord more than watchmen for the morning,
I say, more than watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is mercy and 
loving-kindness, and with Him
is plenteous redemption.
And He will redeem Israel from
all their iniquities.
Psalm 130

First Landing
Cape Henry Virginia
April 1607

"The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever."
Isaiah 40:8

"Blessed, happy, to be envied, our those
who are patient under trial and stand up to temptation,
for when they have stood the test and been approved,
they will receive the victor's crown of life
which God has promised to those
who love Him."
James 1:12

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