Seeking God For This City– This Nation – Our World
Picture the Rock thrown in the pond …. The ripple … it continues until it reaches the outer most points. That is what I believe prayer for this place, Washington, D.C. does. It goes on to impact our nation … then it goes on to impact our world.
I always pray that our students get a sense of how important their purpose is and how crucial their voice can be as they walk out that purpose … IF … they have their heart turned toward God … full on! Prayer is a crucial tool for them to understand and to use.
After we all arrived and had lunch and put our luggage in the hotel. Next we headed to the National Mall to go to the Washington Monument. This is where we always start each trip. You get the magnificent view as you walk all the way around the monument: the WWII Memorial, the Reflecting Pond, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the Jefferson Memorial, the Smithsonian buildings, The Capitol.
NEW DISCOVERY: We talk about the history of the monument. ?There are many interesting facts. When the cap was being designed and made for the top of the obelisk, these words were written on the top; Laus Deo! meaning “Praise be to God” at the highest point in D.C. Coincidence? I think not!
Articles: On the aluminum cap atop the Washington Monument in Washington, DC are two words: Laus Deo. No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument have no idea they are even there and…for that matter…probably couldn’t care less!
Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words … out of sight and, one might think, out of mind … but very meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the world. And what might those two words … composed of just four syllables and only seven letters … mean? Very simply … “Praise be to God!”
This year, as we were rechecking facts and looking for new information we discovered something that we had not learned had happened within the NPS. (National Park Service)
APEX OF THE MONUMENT
The builders searched for an appropriate metal for the apex that would not tarnish and would act as a lightning rod. They chose one of the rarest metals of the time, aluminum. The casting was inscribed with the phrase, Laus Deo, (Praise be to God).
The NPS censored the last sentence from the latest plaque, which now reads:
CAP OF THE MONUMENT
The builders searched for appropriate metal for the cap that would not tarnish and would act as a lightning rod. They chose one of the rarest metals of the time — aluminum.
In addition, the replica of the cap which is in the monument has been positioned so close to the wall that the wording “Laus Deo” cannot be read. Prior to the censorship by the NPS, the replica wording could be read.
Really? They want to take REAL HISTORICAL FACTS about a national monument and act like it never happened. The news of that really got us. It happened in 2000 I believe but think of how many years no one was ashamed and it was in descriptions… heartbreaking.
Bear with me. This is important. In a place that needs the presence and direction of our God Almighty, many people would like for him to be, as Steve Hawthorne says in his Seek God for the city book … anonymous … they want him to be an anonymous God, not famous, unknown, not spoken of. But D. C. has God’s heart print all over it! We are here to agree with the heart of God for our nation and our leaders. We are asking him to be glorified and to draw men and women to him. We are praying for the leaders of our nation to seek Godly council… whether they want to or not.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
So from this discussion … our group spends time in prayer near the foot of the monument. Everyone prayed. Man, I love it when young people pray, especially when it is prayers like they prayed today. It is going to be a Great week! (Have I said that already? I mean it)
Pslam 72:17 May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. Then all nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed. Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel who alone does marvelous deeds. Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen
After prayer we headed over and got a closer look at the White House. Last minute we grabbed the last 45 minutes that the American History Smithsonian was open.
We will debrief what we experienced today in the morning after breakfast and then head to Arlington National Cemetery. Tomorrow is when we lay the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 12:15. I am going to try to live feed it on Summit’s Facebook page. Not sure I can but I’m going to give it a try.
After lunch we will choose our afternoon – evening options. Depending on how the weather is cooperating here is our list to work from: Monuments, Prayer Walking Embassy Row, Smithsonian Museums.
Everyone was tired after dinner so we called it an early evening (pretty sure some guys are watching basketball for a while)
Your kids are fantastic. Mr. Smith (former SCA Parent) is a blessing and Miss Smith (homeroom teacher) is a blessing as well. It’s going to be a GREAT few days.
Be blessed … and be a blessing!