May God bless the Republic

“Revolutionary soldiers were convinced that
“God had chosen America to preserve and to exemplify self-government for the world.”
Their sense of self-government was a defense of God’s plan for human governance that was calculated to inspire mankind and so lead humanity toward a godly way of life.”

For Liberty and the Republic:
The American Citizen as Soldier, 1775-1861

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(a surviving example of the 1777 Trumbull pattern of American flag)

John Adams in a speech to the military in 1798:
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending
with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . .
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

In 1815, Adams wrote while reflecting over his thus 65 years of life:
“For this whole period I have searched after truth by every means and
by every opportunity in my power, and with a sincerity and impartiality,
for which I can appeal to God, my adored Maker.
My religion is founded on the love of God and my neighbor;
on the hope of pardon for my offences, upon contrition;
upon the duty as well as the necessity of supporting with patience the
inevitable evils of life;
in the duty of doing no wrong, but all the good I can,
to the creation, of which I am but an infinitesimal part.”

John Adams, signer of the Declaration of Independence,
the Bill of Rights and our nation’s second President.

O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world:
We commend this nation to your merciful care, that, being guided by your Providence,
we may dwell secure in your peace.
Grant to the President of the United States,
the Governor(s) of each State (or Commonwealth),
and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do your will.
Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness,
and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in your fear;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

(Prayer for the President of the United States
The Book of Common Prayer)

8 comments on “May God bless the Republic

  1. Angie says:

    Really nice, Julie. How’s life in your area? In mine it really looks nasty with all the clouds. They fit my mood at times, when I am thinking about my great-grandson. He is eleven years old and has leukemia. Not feeling too great right now. I wish I could trade places with him so he could be out playing like his friends — or with his friends. They are all banned from visiting for the duration–at least 3 years of therapy and maybe a remission..

    • hanging in there Angie.
      we have been unseasonably warm….scary warm…but enjoyable.
      My prayers have been with you and your grandson as he bravely faces this battle in his young life.
      And I’m happy seeing that you are busy despite the dreary wet winter weather there in Kentucky! Plus I really enjoyed all your holiday cooking–especially those rolls—which I wish I had right now for supper 🙂

  2. Thanks for posting this. What a great day! I’ve been so worried about what might happen today, but it went well. 🙂 ❤

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    It is always fascinating to see the moral and religious dimension among the founding fathers which John Adams was a part of, and the overall climate of those in the military and society at that time.

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