The value for this month for us to think about is reverence.
The dictionary definition is
1. a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.
2. the outward manifestation of this feeling: to pay reverence.
3. a gesture indicative of deep respect; an obeisance, bow, or curtsy.
When I think about reverence I think about the deep respect I have for our Founding Fathers and how a group of individuals were able to create a document thru divine intervention that would stand the test of time. Those individuals accepted the challenge of the task at hand and accomplished the miraculous. Many of us may have deep reverence for their ancestors. So many of our 912 members have incredible stories about coming to our country with no money and no prospects and no grasp of the English language and once they got here they were able to make their way and live the American Dream. The reverence they feel for those ancestors is strong and true.
Today – take a moment to read the Constitution… when you do put yourself in the moment Think about the turbulent environment of the time. Imagine Independence Hall, all those people, no air conditioning and the desire to create a Republic. Truly incredible.
Think about teaching our children / grandchildren reverence for these things by visiting DC or Philadelphia or the many other great places in America. I hold deep reverence for our country’s values… and I know God put us here at this time for a reason. Share our history and the deep respect we have for it.
Interesting tid bits about Independence Hall
1.The basement once served as the city’s dog pound
2. George Washington, knowing that his opinion would carry undue weight, contributed little to the debate over the Constitution.
3. Even though the days were very hot in the summer of 1787, windows were kept closed so others could not overhear their discussions