A Wise Suggestion for a July 4th Intercession

Before we celebrate the 4th of July today, perhaps it would serve us well to read the inspirational words of Benjamin Franklin delivered to the Convention which created and wrote our United States Constitution in 1787. Here are his words with only the slightest update of language from the 18th century original text as needed:

In the beginning of our conflict with Britain, when we sensed great danger, we had daily prayers in this room where we asked for Divine protection. Our prayers, sirs, were heard and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle observed frequent instances of God’s providence in our favor. To that kind Providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in this peaceful time on the means of establishing our future national happiness. And have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance? I have lived for a long time (81 years); and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, sirs, in the sacred writings that “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this, and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall proceed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. We shall be divided by our little, partial, local interests; our prospects will be confounded; and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a by-word down to future generations. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter, from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing government by human wisdom, and leave it to chance, war, or conquest. I therefore make a motion that from this moment on prayers be offered, humbly requesting the assistance of Heaven and its blessing on our deliberations, and that the prayers be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business; and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in this service. (Benjamin Franklin, 1787)

These words, if truly offered by us all today, would make a nation healthy, wealthy and wise! May it be so!

Happy 4th of July Celebration,

Pastor Ron


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