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Sunday, August 27, 2006 

Birthday gift hints

I caught wind the other day about a birthday present I may get...
note to Wyatt, CUG, and Tony... "caught wind" is not the same as "passing gas"...
Prayer at Valley Forge by Arnold Friberg is a painting I've long coveted.



Now one of my favorite local bookstores is going help me to quit my chronic breaking of the tenth commandment (thou shalt not covet) by selling this painting at a 50% discount sometime soon!

I conveniently passed the info to my wife who also has always appreciated and admired the emotions drawn to the surface by the image. However, justifying a large purchase of a piece of art with five growing kids has always kept us from owning this magnificent piece... hopefully not for long!

The artist states:
I sought to pay tribute to the tall and heavy-burdened man who alone held our struggling nation together. For while the British grew fat and warm and well fed in Philadelphia, it was the man Washington who stayed with his starving and freezing army through that dreadful winter at Valley Forge.

It was in desperation that he wrote to the governor of New Jersey, "Our sick naked, our well naked, our unfortunate men in captivity naked!" With his own countrymen indifferent to their condition, where else could he turn but to God?

The well known American legend is without documentation. But from Washington's own words there can be no doubt of his deep and humble dependence upon whom he chose to call "that all wise and powerful Being on whom alone our success depends."

It is my hope that coming through this picture will once again whisper the spirit of Valley Forge, of suffering and devotion and pain, of liberty, and of the hand of God in the affairs of men."
I know that whenever I've gazed upon this picture I am immediately humbled and am able to put into perspective those things I consider trials and tribulations.

After having read the book His Excellency by award winning author Joseph J. Ellis (which I highly recommend) as well as having read the entire Prelude to Glory series of books by Ron Carter, I almost feel as if I know the man personally.

Having the opportunity to allow the image above to calibrate my attitude each and every day would be a gift that eternally gives.

It's beautiful, Peak.

When is the big day? Hope this finds a home with you! Very impressive--you've done alittle research. I like this.

CUG: you got that right!

linda: First week in October, I hope it finds a home with me too... although I may have spoiled it because I have been informed that it was supposed to be suprise! I hope I didn't blow it!

Peaks, that was awesome! Very inspirational! Hope that B-day goes great!

It's beautiful, Josh.

It saddens me to see the disrespect for the founders and their faith these days. Seeing images like this, fills me with melancholy. We need to somehow reinvigorate the history, the strength of will and the humanity of our leaders past and present. These days, there are so many petty distractions, without value, that can destroy a persons will to focus and gather moral strength.

Well put Insol, thus my desire to have this not only inspire me but to have a more accurate image of a displaced hero emblazoned in the minds of my children.

Chances are they will not learn of the great faith and fortitude of our Founding Fathers in public school... or anywhere else for that matter...

Katey! Long time no see! Glad to see ya still kickin around!

Sss: thanks man.

That is a very beautiful and moving painting.

Our country has come so far, yet has fallen so far backward--the idiocy of modern man's "wisdom."

Amen RT... thanks for stopping by!

Wow, Peak, that's awesome! Now I want one!

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