Isaiah 45:6 reads. That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun that there is no one besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other. That is one of our scriptures for this week.
We had an early morning start. 4 a.m. at the Austin Airport… and landed in Washington D.C. at 12: 13pm. Grabbed our bags, and met up with Jeff Smith (D.C. team leaders from Houston) and Colin Murphy who was already up this way for a Lacrosse tournament. Had lunch then headed to the National Mall to start the week. We chose to go first to the American History Museum (they close at 5 in the winter) and enjoyed seeing ‘Old Glory’ and all the historical memorials. I was with the girls and getting to hear them share their desires for the future which included serving others, and then seeing pictures and watching video clips of women that impacted others lives through their service was pretty special.
As the sun was setting we headed to the Washington Monument. I was excited for this class because it has been a few years since we’ve been able to walk up to the monument and touch it. There have been so many years of repair, fences keeping you at a distance etc. It was a beautiful clear night and the monument was amazing as the sun set and the lights came on… the flags, it was beautiful! .
Each student was given a monument or memorial or place of interest that we will be visiting and they had to look up and bring the information to the group. Aaron had the Washington Monument. He did a really good job giving the history and the interesting fact that inscribed on one of the sides is “Laus deo” meaning “Praise be to God”
We talked briefly about what it means to have a Christian Worldview and how it affects every area of your life. We will continue the discussion throughout the week. The boys now are realizing what I meant by… you will get cold in shorts and it kind of got comical, people thought we were in line to go in and kept coming up to us trying to figure out how to get in the visitor center door.
We spent some time in prayer at the base of the Monument… A few things we prayed:
- Asking God to direct us this week
- We prayed for any that did not know God as the creator, Savior that they would come to know him and believe.
- We prayed for representatives from the nations that are here to come to know Jesus as the Son of God and would take the gospel back to their nation.
- We prayed for any U.S. elected officials to make decisions that were Godly and lined up with God’s word, not ones that would just keep them in office.
- We thanked God for being a God of love and justice
- We prayed that God would be glorified in our nation
Please join us in prayer as we continue throughout our week. Seeing all the monuments and memorials can really impact you. I pray that the students will come away with a deeper understanding of service and sacrifice and an appreciation for those in every kind of position that serves the public.
That men may know .. their Creator, their Lord and that there is no other and this will inspire them to live their life to glorify and honor Him. As the capstone says … Praise Be to God! Those are world changing prayers!
Tomorrow at 12:15pm EST we have the honor of laying the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Four of our students will be representing the class:
Aaron Campbell Chase Bouloy Chase Jordan Benton Ballengee
I will be attempting to bring it to you live via Facebook. Our time is 12:15p EST Set your clocks for 11:15 am CST to see our four gentlemen lay the wreath.
It’s only 8:29p but it feels like it’s 11:00pm. Going to call it a night!