Have you heard about the Little Chapel that stands on the grounds where the Twin Towers fell? It was there long before they, and it still stands now, long after.
I will be sharing the story in the You Tube video below with my children as a part of honoring those whom were lost on 9/11. The author begins reading the story at 7:44 minutes (in case your littles cannot sit through the speech at the beginning)
There is something very special about that little chapel that not everyone knows. George Washington, our first President, knelt there upon being sworn in, and dedicated this great nation to the God of Abraham. Did you know that ground zero was the original site of our first capital? It is. The true birthplace of our nation, was there at ground zero. Though conceived in Philadelphia, we officially became a nation on April 30, 1789 when George Washington stood on Wall Street and was sworn into office as the first President. A statue stands there now, marking the very spot. Where he stood and said:
From there he gave the first ever Inaugural speech, and then he led a procession of our nation’s first leaders down the street on foot – to St. Paul’s Chapel. At the little chapel, George Washington took to his knee and our great nation was fully dedicated, by its first official leader, in fervent prayer – to God. In that very moment, the ground where the little chapel stands, became hallowed ground. The birthplace of a nation, blessed by the Lord God Almighty.
Do you know of any other Nations that were founded and dedicated by a great leader to God in that way? I can think of one specifically – where another great leader – King Solomon, the first King of Israel knelt and dedicated the nation of Israel to the God of Abraham. He knelt in the temple of Israel and dedicated all of Israel and its temple to the Lord. (Read 2 Chronicles 7: 11 – 22)
There is so much more to the history and so many more details. But, for today, let us remember 9/11, and the sacrifices of the brave men and women there. And let us acknowledge that they stood on hallowed ground – a people – one people, who’d long ago been dedicated to the living God.
The United States Congress was established upon ratification of the United States Constitution and formally began on March 4, 1789. New York City remained home to Congress until July 1790,
On July 4, 1776, the colonies declared independence under a document written by Thomas Jefferson from the Kingdom of Great Britain and became the United States of America. (find original sources here)
On April 30, 1789, the inaugural ceremony took place on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City, then the first US Capitol and the first site where the 1st United States Congress met. (find original sources here)
Other interesting thoughts:
“The sick, the aged, women and children, half naked, were seen going they knew not where, and taking refuge in houses which were at a distance from the fire.”
September – 1776 NY, NY – and again . . . . .
September – 2001 NY,NY
On another September day, 9/11 in 2001, St. Paul’s again withstood a terrible tragedy when terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center. St. Paul’s is located only one block from Ground Zero and should have been destroyed, or at least severely damaged by the debris and destruction that engulfed that entire section of New York City. Instead, the chapel survived without even a broken window because a large sycamore tree on the northwest corner absorbed the devastating impact. Sculptor Steve Tobin has since preserved its memory with a bronze memorial made of the tree’s roots.”
Sometime soon, we’ll talk about that Sycamore Tree . . . In the meantime, let’s be praying for our nation!
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