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I thought that you and others may like to see this. One detail that
>> not
>> mentioned, in DC, is that there can never be a building of greater
>> than the Washington Monument.
>> With all the uproar about removing the ten commandments, etc... This
>> worth a moment or two of your time. I was not aware of this
>> information.
>> On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington, DC,
>> displayed two words: Laus Deo. No one can see these words. In
>> most
>> visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there and
>> that matter, probably couldn't care less.
>> Once you know Laus Deo's history, you will want to share this with
>> everyone
>> you know. But these words have been there for many years; they are
>> feet, 5.1 25 inches high, perched top the monument, facing skyward
>> the
>> Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise
>> District of Columbia, capital of the United States of America.
>> Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, un-noticed words. Out of
>> and,
>> one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the
>> point over what is the most powerful city in the most successful
>> in
>> the world.
>> So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four
>> and
>> only seven letters, possibly mean? Very simply, they say "Praise be
>> God!"
>> Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James
>> was
>> President of the United States, it was not until 1888 that the
>> was
>> inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty five years to
>> finally
>> cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation, Laus
>> .............Praise be to God!"
>> From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors
>> take
>> in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into
>> major segments. From that vantage point, one can also easily see the
>> original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l'Enfant...a perfect
>> imposed upon the landscape, with the White House to the north. The
>> Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to the east and the
>> Lincoln
>> Memorial to the west.
>> A cross you ask? Why a cross? What about separation of church and
>> state?
>> Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was not, is not, in the
>> Constitution. So, read on. How interesting and, no doubt, intended
>> carry a profound meaning for those who bother to notice.
>> Praise be to God! Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50
>> landings.
>> As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings the memorial
>> share
>> a message. On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of
>> Baltimore; on the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese
>> Christians;
>> on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New
>> and
>> Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6.
>> be
>> to God!
>> When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July
>> 1848
>> deposited within it were many items including the Holy Bible
presented by
>> the Bible Society. Praise be to God! Such was the discipline, the
>> direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder and first
>> President
>> of our unique democracy .."One Nation, Under God."
>> I am awed by Washington's prayer for America. Have you never read
>> Well, now is your unique opportunity, so read on!
>> "Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the
>> States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of
>> citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to
>> government;
>> and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for
>> their
>> fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou
>> most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love
>> mercy,
>> and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific
>> of
>> mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our
>> religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these
>> we
>> can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we
>> Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
>> Laus Deo!
>> When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places
>> over
>> our nation's capitol, he or she will easily find the signature of
God, as
>> it
>> is unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look. You may forget the
>> and
>> height of "Laus Deo", its location, or the architects but no one who
>> reads
>> this will be able to forget its meaning, or these words: "Unless the
>> builds the house its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord
>> over
>> the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain." (Psalm 127: 1)
>> It is hoped you will send this to every child you know; to every
>> brother, father, mother or friend. They will not find offense,
>> you
>> have given them a lesson in history that they probably never learned
>> school. With that, be not ashamed, or afraid, but have pity on
those who
>> will never see this because someone failed to send it on.
This was sent to me and I wanted to share it with all of you Have a Merry Christmas Mike OB
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PRAISE BE TO GOD! Blessings to all who have read the above and may Christmas be a day of thanksgiving as well.
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