Written in the capstone at the very top of the Washington Monument are the words Laus Deo meaning ‘Praise Be to God’ … this is very meaningful because it’s placed at the highest point in the one of the most powerful cities in the world. You can’t see it, but it’s there.
When the monument was being finished, churches and organizations donated to help finish the monument and on the steps are also declarations of their Christian faith –
On the 12th landing is a prayer offered by the city of Baltimore
On the 20th is a memorial presented by Chinese Christians
On the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Bible verses
Prov 10:7 Luke 18:16 Prov 22:2
When the cornerstone of the monument was laid, on July 4th 1848, deposited in it were many items, including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society! Such was the discipline, moral direction, and spiritual mood given by the founder and first president and our unique democracy … One Nation Under God
What a different time we live in where people are fighting to have ‘Under God’ removed from plaques, walls, etc … where people try to say our nation was not founded on Biblical principals.
After we checked in to our rooms, we began our time in D.C. at the Washington Monument in prayer.
Sitting at the base of the Washington Monument in the grass, we discussed how crucial it is for each of us to be informed advocates for justice and righteousness by praying and participating. Scripture tells us to pray for those in authority over us so we might live in peace! We read quotes from former Presidents and influential men in our nation’s history and every one in some way, referred to being guided by God’s Word, or the importance of Jesus Christ being involved in decisions, etc.
We prayed for our week, for our leaders to heed Godly council! We prayed that men and women would turn back to God, or turn to him for the first time! We thanked God that we live in the United States and asked him to give our team divine moments this week.
Tomorrow morning we go back to the National Mall – then to the Holocaust Museum. Our students will see first hand what it looks like when you turn a blind eye to injustice… when you don’t stand up against horrific acts against mankind.
The Holocaust Museum will take most of our day! We’ll listen to a 1st person testimony of a Holocaust Survivor (those are always so powerful) then we’ll meet with Colonel Randy Mauldin of the U. S. Air Force.
Then we’ll see what God has us end the evening with!
Pray that we will ALL grow in our prayer life! We’ll be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit! Our hearts will be open to whatever God wants to do in and through our lives!
Praying On Sight with In-Sight!
The 11th Grade Impact Team