“Love,” poem by Day Williams

Love

Love is sweet.
Love is kind.
Love’s a beat
When we unwind.

Love is lush.
Love is warm.
Love will brush
Your hair in storms.

Love is swift.
Love is slow.
Love’s a gift
That goes and goes.

Love is wet.
Love is dry.
Love’s a bet
On two hot dice.

Love grabs hold
Of lonesome hearts
And forms a mold:
Potter’s art.

Love commands.
Love obeys.
Love will stand
When others sway.

Love is you.
Love is me.
Love is blue
When you aren’t free.

Love is young.
Love is old.
Love is sung.
Love is gold.
Love is blind.
Love makes me sing.
Love’s aligned
With angels’ wings.

Love is baby steps
And giant leaps.
Love can ebb.
Love’s for keeps.

Love is “A”.
Love is “Z”.
Love will claim
Your destiny.

Love is spunk.
Love is grit.
Love is funk.
Love won’t quit.

Love’s a breeze.
Love is sweat.
Love’s a tease.
Love’s regret.

Love’s a wound
That never heals.
Love’s well-tuned
When we kneel.

Love is Christ
On a cross,
Who for our vice
Paid the cost.

Love’s a flame
You must tend.
Love’s a game
With your best friend.

Love is space
Where planets whirl.
Love’s a place
For boys and girls.

Love’s a friend
Through sky, on ground.
Love is men
Who stick around.

Love is free.
Love is sweet.
Love is Jesus
Washing feet.

~Day Williams

Christian Quotes of Our Founding Fathers

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“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”

~President George Washington

Christian Quotes of Founding Fathers

“The name of the Lord (says the Scripture) is a strong tower; thither the righteous flee and are safe (Proverbs 18:10). Let us secure His favor and He will lead us through the journey of this life and at length receive us to a better.”

“I [rely] upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins.”

“We have this day [Fourth of July] restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven, and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His Kingdom come.”

~Samuel Adams, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Father of the American Revolution

“And as it is our duty to extend our wishes to the happiness of the great family of man, I conceive that we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world that the rod of tyrants may be broken to pieces, and the oppressed made free again; that wars may cease in all the earth, and that the confusions that are and have been among nations may be overruled by promoting and speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and all people everywhere willingly bow to the sceptre of Him who is Prince of Peace.”
~As Governor of Massachusetts, Proclamation of a Day of Fast, March 20, 1797

James Madison
4th U.S. President

“A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest while we are building ideal monuments of Renown and Bliss here we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven.”
~Written to William Bradford on November 9, 1772, Faith of Our Founding Fathers by Tim LaHaye, pp. 130-131; Christianity and the Constitution — The Faith of Our Founding Fathers by John Eidsmoe, p. 98.

Notice of Correction: I wish to acknowledge that the following quotation, previously attributed to James Madison, has been found to be the actual declaration of Rev. Jonathan Dickinson, first president of Princeton University where James Madison studied. In researching this correction, I discovered as well that some sources wrongly attribute the quote to Rev. John Witherspoon, the president of Princeton University when James Madison graduated.

“Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.”
~America’s Providential History by Stephen K. McDowell, p. 93.

James Monroe
5th U.S. President

“When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of handing them down unimpaired to our latest posterity, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgments for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good.”
~Monroe made this statement in his 2nd Annual Message to Congress, November 16, 1818.

John Quincy Adams
6th U.S. President

“The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made ‘bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God’ (Isaiah 52:10).”
Life of John Quincy Adams, p. 248.

William Penn
Founder of Pennsylvania

“I do declare to the whole world that we believe the Scriptures to contain a declaration of the mind and will of God in and to those ages in which they were written; being given forth by the Holy Ghost moving in the hearts of holy men of God; that they ought also to be read, believed, and fulfilled in our day; being used for reproof and instruction, that the man of God may be perfect. They are a declaration and testimony of heavenly things themselves, and, as such, we carry a high respect for them. We accept them as the words of God Himself.”
–Treatise of the Religion of the Quakers, p. 355.

Roger Sherman
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution

“I believe that there is one only living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the same in substance equal in power and glory. That the scriptures of the old and new testaments are a revelation from God, and a complete rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. That God has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass, so as thereby he is not the author or approver of sin. That he creates all things, and preserves and governs all creatures and all their actions, in a manner perfectly consistent with the freedom of will in moral agents, and the usefulness of means. That he made man at first perfectly holy, that the first man sinned, and as he was the public head of his posterity, they all became sinners in consequence of his first transgression, are wholly indisposed to that which is good and inclined to evil, and on account of sin are liable to all the miseries of this life, to death, and to the pains of hell forever.

“I believe that God having elected some of mankind to eternal life, did send his own Son to become man, die in the room and stead of sinners and thus to lay a foundation for the offer of pardon and salvation to all mankind, so as all may be saved who are willing to accept the gospel offer: also by his special grace and spirit, to regenerate, sanctify and enable to persevere in holiness, all who shall be saved; and to procure in consequence of their repentance and faith in himself their justification by virtue of his atonement as the only meritorious cause.

“I believe a visible church to be a congregation of those who make a credible profession of their faith in Christ, and obedience to him, joined by the bond of the covenant.

“I believe that the souls of believers are at their death made perfectly holy, and immediately taken to glory: that at the end of this world there will be a resurrection of the dead, and a final judgement of all mankind, when the righteous shall be publicly acquitted by Christ the Judge and admitted to everlasting life and glory, and the wicked be sentenced to everlasting punishment.”
–The Life of Roger Sherman, pp. 272-273.

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“Gratitude,” sonnet by Day Williams

Gratitude
You’re the one who picks me up when I fall,
You’re the one opening doors that were shut,
You’re the one who can boost me over walls,
You’re the one healing me when I’ve been cut.

You asked me in to dine when no one cared
And healed the pain that no one else could see;
You gave me comfort when no one else dared
And shed your light on seeds that stirred in me.

You stood by during my rebellious years,
Leaving me free to make my own mistakes . . .
Self-willed, I faced frustration and despair.

When I invited you, my face in tears,
You answered to my needs and cured my aches−
And ever since I’ve felt your love and care.

 

~Day Williams

Protect My Life

(Psalm 64:1, Psalm 65:5)
Protect My Life

Protect my life
From enemies;
Your hope extends
To distant seas.

~Day Williams

I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America

Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville was the famous 19th century French statesman, historian and social philosopher. He traveled to America in the 1830s to discover the reasons for the incredible success of this new nation. He published his observations in his classic two-volume work, Democracy in America. He was especially impressed by America’s religious character. Here are some startling excerpts from Tocqueville’s great work:

Upon my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more I perceived the great political consequences resulting from this new state of things. In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country.

Religion in America . . . must be regarded as the foremost of the political institutions of that country; for if it does not impart a taste for freedom, it facilitates the use of it. Indeed, it is in this same point of view that the inhabitants of the United States themselves look upon religious belief.

I do not know whether all Americans have a sincere faith in their religion — for who can search the human heart? But I am certain that they hold it to be indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions. This opinion is not peculiar to a class of citizens or a party, but it belongs to the whole nation and to every rank of society.

In the United States, the sovereign authority is religious . . . there is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility and of its conformity to human nature than that its influence is powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth.

In the United States, the influence of religion is not confined to the manners, but it extends to the intelligence of the people . . .

Christianity, therefore, reigns without obstacle, by universal consent . . .

I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors . . . ; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution.

Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.

America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.

The safeguard of morality is religion, and morality is the best security of law as well as the surest pledge of freedom.

The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other

Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts — the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its claims.

Tocqueville gives this account of a court case in New York:

While I was in America, a witness, who happened to be called at the assizes of the county of Chester (state of New York), declared that he did not believe in the existence of God or in the immortality of the soul. The judge refused to admit his evidence, on the ground that the witness had destroyed beforehand all confidence of the court in what he was about to say. The newspapers related the fact without any further comment. The New York Spectator of August 23rd, 1831, relates the fact in the following terms:“The court of common pleas of Chester county (New York), a few days since rejected a witness who declared his disbelief in the existence of God. The presiding judge remarked, that he had not before been aware that there was a man living who did not believe in the existence of God; that this belief constituted the sanction of all testimony in a court of justice: and that he knew of no case in a Christian country, where a witness had been permitted to testify without such belief.”

FIRST CHRONICLES CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

FIRST CHRONICLES CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

1 David had grown quite old, so he made his

Son Solomon the king of Israel.

2 He gathered chiefs of Israel, and he

Assembled priests and Levites, 3 and he had

The Levites who were thirty years old or

Counted. The total count of men was thirty-

Eight thousand. 4 David said, “And from them, twenty-

Four thousand will direct the work that is

For the Lord’s temple. And six thousand will

Be judges and officials, 5 and another

Four thousand will protect the gates. And four

Thousand will praise the Lord with instruments

Of music I’ve provided for that purpose.”

6 David divided Levites into groups.

He did it based on Levi’s sons, who where

Gershon and Kohath and Merari. 7 Ladan

               And Shimei were with the Gershonites.

8 Ladan’s sons were Jehiel and Zetham and

Joel. Jehiel was oldest, and he had

Three sons in all. 9 And Shimei’s sons were called

Shelomoth, Haziel and Haran, with

Three sons in all, and they led families

Of Ladan. 10 Shimei’s sons were called Jahath,

Ziza and Jeush and Beriah, with

Four sons in all, 11 with Jahath the first son

               And Ziza second, but Beriah and

Jeush did not have many sons, so they

Were counted as one family. They had

Only one task. 12 The sons of Kohath were

Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel—

Four sons in all. 13 To Amram’s family line

Aaron and Moses did belong, and Aaron

And his whole family line were set apart

Forever as the Lord’s priests, and they had

The duty to set the most holy things

Apart to God. They offered sacrifices

To God, served him and gave their blessings in

His name forever. 14 Sons of Moses, man

Of God, were counted with the tribe of Levi.

15 And Moses’ sons were Gershom and Eliezer.

               16 Shubael was the oldest son within

The Gershom family line. 17 Rehabiah

Was first in Eliezer’s family line;

               While Eliezer had no other sons,

Rehabiah had many sons. 18 Now Izhar

Had Shelomith as eldest son, 19 and Hebron’s

               Sons were Jeriah, first, and Amariah,

               Second, Jahaziel the third, and fourth,

Jekameam. 20 Uzziel’s first son was named

               Micah; Isshiah was his second son.

               21 Merari’s sons were Mahli, Mushi. Sons

Of Mahli were Eleazar and Kish.

22 Eleazar expired without a son

To bear his name, for he had only daughters

Who wed their cousins, who were Kish’s sons.

23 Now Mushi’s sons were Mahli, Eder and

Jerimoth, with three sons in all. 24 Those were

The Levi family lines that were recorded

Under the names of family leaders, and

Each worker who was twenty years old or

Older was counted, and they served inside              

God’s temple. 25 David had said this: “The Lord

Is God of Israel. He has provided

His people peace and rest. He has come to

Jerusalem to live forever there, 26

So Levites need not bear the holy tent

Or items in it any longer. Those

Were items that were used to serve there.” 27 Now

Those Levites who were twenty years old or

Older were counted. That was in accord

With David’s final rules.28 The Levites’ duties

Were to assist the members of the line

Of Aaron’s family. They helped them serve

In the Lord’s temple and took care of courtyards

And side rooms, and they made all sacred things

Pure and unblemished, and their other duties

Within God’s house: 29 They set the holy bread

Upon the table and prepared the flour

For the grain offerings, and made the wafers

Using no yeast. They baked and mixed and measured

The size and the amount of everything.

30 Each morning they stood up to thank and praise

The Lord, and they did the same thing each night.

31 They also did it every time that burnt

Offerings were brought God. Those offerings

Were brought each Sabbath day and were brought, too,

At every New Moon Feast and during feasts

Every year as they were appointed. Levites

               Served before the Lord at set times. They

Always employed the proper number of

The Levites when they served. They served the way

The law required them to, 32 so Levites did

Their duties for the Meeting Tent and for

The Holy Room, and they performed their work

               And served their relatives who were within

The family line of Aaron, and helped them

Serve wholeheartedly at the Lord’s temple.