"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is
right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is
excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
Verse of the Month
The words to the Star-Spangled-Banner turn 200 years old this September.
Lawyer Francis Scott Key was a devout Anglican church-goer who opposed the War of 1812 which produced the stirring anthem. His fourth verse included the words "In God We Trust" and reflects the passion of the Second Great Awakening which was transforming the country.
His views on slavery were complex – he called it a "bed of torture" but apparently prosecuted abolitionists, perhaps reflecting the moral dilemma of the age.
No doubt though about his sincere religious convictions as he was a warm supporter of the American Bible Society in 1818 until his death in 1843. By then the Society was disseminating 300,000 Bibles a year – an astonishing total for a nation of 13 million.
It’s been said that the Body of Christ is never more united than when singing its hymns. Martin Luther was said to have written 5000 and Charles Wesley some 3000. The hymns that have endured often reflect the fascinating lives and times and ups and downs of the songwriters very well. One of my favorites is “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”
According to the story a young man named Robert Robinson (pictured, 1735-1790) was bereft of his parents and was just starting down a wild path in life with a band of toughs. One day the gang was forcibly pouring alcohol down a Gypsy woman’s throat when she looked straight at Robinson and said, “You’re going to have grand-children.”
September 11 reminds us of utmost tragedy but not totally so – if you haven't heard the story of the kindness of strangers on 9/11 here's DCTV's take.
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