Arnold Friberg was an American painter noted for his religious and patriotic works. He is best known for his 1975 painting which was his depiction of George Washington’s prayer, during the Revolutionary War and the difficult winter at Valley Forge. Though many today have tried to erase our national Christian heritage, and the influence christianity had on our Founding Fathers, that undeniable truth still stands in their own words.
As we begin a new year, and a new chapter for all Americans with a new President, may their honest words be burned upon our hearts, and alive within our souls.
“This nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ” (Patrick Henry)
“We recognize no Sovereign but God, no king but Jesus” (John Adams & John Hancock)
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their basis?” (Thomas Jefferson)
“To the distinguished character of patriot it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian” (George Washington)
President Ronald Reagan echoed these same sentiments when describing Friberg’s painting during his radio address to the nation in December, 1983. He said this painting “personified a people who knew it was not enough to depend on their own courage and goodness; they must also seek help from God, their Father and their preserver.”
My prayer for this nation as we begin a new year, with a new president, reflects the same heart-felt cry as those whose words are quoted above. May we as a nation wake up, walk in the light and love of God, and return with repentant hearts to Him who made us great. Without God’s blessing, and our humble hearts, no nation will ever become truly great. May the grace of God fill us with hope and point us in the right direction. May the sacrificial love of Jesus become a living reality and produce a fire of revival in our nation, to bring about another great awakening!