From the Pastor’s Pen: The Father of….the Father of our country

As we approach Father’s Day and the Fourth of July, it marks the perfect time to talk about our country’s first President and our above title’s namesake, George Washington.

In a book entitled The Bulletproof George Washington, author David Barton speaks of God’s providential care in and around the early life and exploits of America’s foundational Commander-in-Chief. At the age of just 21 years old, the young Washington accepted an assignment to deliver a final diplomatic attempt to avoid war between the British and the French.  After travelling for more than 500 miles, Washington met with Tanacharison, who was the chief of the Southern Hurons. A few days later, he met with and delivered the letter to French General St. Pierre before returning home. 

After commanding an initial battle that ended in a heroicdefeat at Fort Necessity, Washington eventually travelled with British General Braddock to engage the French and American Indian forces just outside of Fort Duquesne. The larger British army was ambushed by the hidden enemy, as they fought from behind the bushes and trees. Braddock refused to change his customary open-field tactics and as a result, the secluded warfare continued with his troops being picked-off as if they were in a carnival shooting gallery. Washington fought valiantly, but to no avail, as most of the officers were killed or wounded. Even the Native Americans noticed:

“They testified that they had singled him out and repeatedly shot at him, but without effect. They were convinced that he was protected by an Invisible Power and that no bullet could harm him.” 

After presiding over the funeral of General Braddock, Washington led the defeated army back to Fort Cumberland. Immediately upon their arrival, Washington, knowing the terrible anxiety that would have been around his family, wrote his brother the following letter regarding his physical condition and his spiritual understanding:

“As I have heard…a circumstantial account of my death and dying speech, I take this early opportunity of contradicting the first, and of assuring you, that I have not as yet composed the latter. But, by all-powerful dispensations of PROVIDENCE, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had 4 bullets through my coat, and 2 horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me!”

It is encouraging, during our nation’s current upheaval and unrest, to remember that God has NEVER moved from His Throne!  He was there more than 250 years ago, and He is still in control today.  And more importantly, our FATHER… Still LOVES You and Me!

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