I just recently finished reading 1776 by David McCullough. For those who haven’t read it, it is an amazingly well written account of the beginning years of the American Revolution. The amount of respect and admiration I have for our founding fathers multiplied exponentially with each chapter, especially George Washington.
One thought that constantly made an impression on me is how much the hand of God was in the formation of this country. Countless times during the book (which only covers about two years of the total 7 years of the war), McCullough commented on how random or seemingly unpredictable circumstances helped the Americans achieve victory over the British forces. For example, as the American forces set up camp on Dorchester Heights in order to reclaim Boston, a heavy fog rolled in, completely obscuring their movement from enemy watches. While defending New York City, if the wind had shifted to the northwest, the British fleets would have been able to sail up the Hudson and easily wipe out the American army, but it never did. Even the seemingly devastating capture of the American General Lee worked to the advantage of America, because it emboldened Washington to more fully take command of the army, which allowed him to make the daring and vital crossing of the Delaware and take Trenton.
America should not have won the revolutionary war. Great Britain was the world’s superpower, and America was a dis-connected group of colonies with no fighting experience and little material support. It would be like Puerto Rico winning a war against America today. I believe that God’s hand was directly involved in the formation of this free nation.
On this day especially, as we remember the lives lost in the horrific attacks 14 years ago, let us also remember that we are “one nation under God.” God is responsible for the creation of America. Let’s stop trying to push Him out of our lives.
“Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
God is not dead, nor doth he sleep.”
May God Bless America.