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The Legacy of George Washington

 

 
The Story of George Washington Inn®

George Washington Inn sits on a high bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca as Mount Vernon, George Washington's home, sits on a hill overlooking the Potomac River. When this coastal meadow was purchased in 2002, the new owners vowed to share the unique property with others and to nurture it into something worthy of its natural beauty. This Mount Vernon-like setting inspired them to build a bed and breakfast inn that would give others an opportunity to reflect on the faith of George Washington and our founding fathers. The Mount Vernon replica seeks to promote the spiritual legacy that they left to their countrymen and their successive generations.

Mount Vernon Inspiration - George Washington Inn Bed and Breakfast

George Washington Inn was established with an enduring commitment to live up to the integrity and respect that the name commands. We remain steadfast to the high standard set by the Washington name.

Enjoy George Washington's tradition of warm, gracious hospitality as an honored guest of the
George Washington Inn & Estate. Built as a replica of George Washington's home, you can enjoy the comfort of modern luxury yet get a sense for the legacy of George Washington. Our desire is that you will be refreshed and inspired by our Creator's incredible handiwork in the surrounding landscape and "discover a country house of an elegant and majestic simplicity" (as penned by J. P. Brissot de Warville after a visit to Mount Vernon in 1788).

 

The Faith of George Washington - George Washington Inn
The Prayer at Valley Forge - by Arnold Friberg

(Available for purchase)


One of the most inspiring portrayals of American history is that of George Washington on his knees in the snow at Valley Forge. That moving image personifies and testifies to our Founders' dependence upon Divine Providence during the darkest hours of our Revolutionary struggle."

"From the poignancy of General Washington's legendary prayer in the snow at Valley Forge to the dangerous times in which we live today, our leaders and the people of this Nation have called upon Divine Providence and trusted in God's wisdom to guide us through the challenges we have faced as a people and a Nation."

...quotes of Ronald Reagan, President (1981-1989)



George Washington Was A Founding Father Who Lived His Faith - George Washington Inn

Prayer at Valley Forge - General George Washington, winter 1777-78
Copy of engraving by John C. McRae after Henry Brueckner, published 1866

An Evening Prayer

Most Gracious Lord God, from whom proceedeth every good and perfect gift, I offer to Thy divine majesty my unfeigned praise & thanksgiving for Thy mercies towards me. Thou mad'st me at first and hast ever since sustained the work of Thy own hand; Thou gav'st Thy Son to die for me, and hast given me assurance of salvation, upon my repentance and sincerely endeavoring to conform my life to His holy precepts and example. Thou art pleased to lengthen out to me the time of repentance and to move me to it by Thy Spirit and Thy Word, by Thy mercies, and by Thy judgments; out of a deepness of Thy mercies, and my own unworthiness, I do appear before Thee at this time; I have sinned and done very wickedly, be merciful to me, O God, and pardon me for Jesus Christ's sake; instruct me in the particulars of my duty, and suffer me not to be tempted above what thou givest me strength to bear. Take care, I pray thee of my affairs and more and more direct me in Thy truth, defend me from my enemies, especially my spiritual ones. Suffer me not to be drawn from Thee, by the blandishments of the world, carnal desires, the cunning of the devil, or deceitfulness of sin. Work in me Thy good will and pleasure and discharge my mind from all things that are displeasing to Thee, of all ill will and discontent, wrath and bitterness, pride & vain conceit of myself, and render me charitable, pure, holy, patient and heavenly minded. Be with me at the hour of death; dispose me for it, and deliver me from the slavish fear of it, and make me willing and fit to die whenever Thou shouldst call me hence. Bless our rulers in church and state. Bless O Lord the whole race of mankind, and let the world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy Son Jesus Christ. Pity the sick, the poor, the weak, the needy, the widows and fatherless, and all that morn or are broken in heart, and be merciful to them according to their several necessities. Bless my friends and grant me grace to forgive my enemies as heartily as I desire forgiveness of Thee my heavenly Father. I beseech Thee to defend me this night from all evil, and do more for me than I can ask or think, for Jesus Christ sake, in whose most holy name & words, I continue to pray, Our Father &c.

...from a series of daily prayers attributed to George Washington

 

George Washingtons Sacred Fire by Peter Lillback

George Washington's Sacred Fire: A Book Worth Reading

Amazon Description & Book Reviews for George Washington's Sacred Fire

Description:
What sets "George Washington's Sacred Fire" apart from all previous works on this man for the ages, is the exhaustive fifteen years of Dr. Peter Lillback's research, revealing a unique icon driven by the highest of ideals. Not only do George Washington's own writings, journals, letters, manuscripts, and those of his closest family and confidants reveal the truth of this awe-inspiring role model for all generations. Dr. Lillback paints a picture of a man, who, faced with unprecedented challenges and circumstances, ultimately drew upon his persistent qualities of character - honesty, justice, equity, perseverence, piety, forgiveness, humility, and servant leadership, to become one of the most revered figures in world history. George Washington set the cornerstone for what would become one of the most prosperous, free nations in the history of civilization. Through this book, Dr. Lillback, assisted by Jerry Newcombe, will reveal to the reader a newly inspirational image of General and President George Washington.

Reviews:
An enlightening, engaging, and long overdue correction of the falsehood that Washington lacked faith. --Rodney Stark, Baylor University 

Dr. Lillback buries the myth that Washington was an unbeliever - at most a "deist" - under an avalanche of facts. --Robert P. George, Princeton University

Secular historians ignore George Washington's ward Nelly Custis, who wrote that doubting his Christian faith was as absurd as doubting his patriotism. But they cannot ignore this mountain of evidence suggesting Washington's religion was not Deism, but just the sort of low-church Anglicanism one would expect in an 18th century Virginia gentleman. His "sacred fire" lit America's path toward civil and religious liberty. --Walter A. McDougall, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

About the Author:
Peter A. Lillback, Ph.D., is the President of Westminster Theological Seminary, where he is also Professor of Historical Theology. He is also President of The Providence Forum and Senior Pastor at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He is the voice of "Proclaiming the Word," a daily syndicated radio program, as well as the "Proclamation Worship Hour." Dr. Lillback received a Ph.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Cedarville University in Ohio. He is the author of "The Binding of God: Calvin's Role in the Development of Covenant Theology" (Baker), "Freedom's Holy Light - With a Firm Reliance on Divine Providence" (Providence Forum Press) and "Proclaim Liberty: A Broken Bell Rings Freedom to the World" (Providence Forum Press).

 A Visit to Mount Vernon - Beloved Home of George Washington

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The Faith and Wisdom of George Washington

  • Without an humble imitation of the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, we can never hope to be a happy nation.
  • By the all-powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability and expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, altho' death was levelling my companions on every side.
  • Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
  • The blessed Religion revealed in the word of God will remain an eternal and awful monument to prove that the best Institution may be abused by human depravity; and that they may even, in some instances be made subservient to the vilest purposes.
  • Your love of liberty - your respect for the laws - your habits of industry - and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness.
  • A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.
  • Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God.
  • Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions.
  • I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.
  • It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.
  • May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.
  • Let the poor, the needy and oppressed of the Earth, and those who want Land, resort to the fertile plains of our western country, the second land of Promise, and there dwell in peace, fulfilling the first and great commandment.
  • The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.
  • The Hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.
  • Of all the dispositions and habits which least to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indespensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism who should labor to subvert these great Pilliars of human happiness.
  • I have often expressed my sentiments, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.
  • The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreeably to their conscience, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights.
  • We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart. In this enlightened Age and in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man's religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining and holding the highest Offices that are known in the United States.
  • No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.
  • The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.
  • Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
  • To contract new debts is not the way to pay old ones.
  • Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company.
  • A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master.
  • The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.
  • I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education which I received from my mother.
  • If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
  • To be prepared for War is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
  • Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.
  • There is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness.
  • Refrain from drink which is the source of all evil--and the ruin of half the workmen in this Country.
  • The determinations of Providence are always wise, often inscrutable; and, though its decrees appear to bear hard upon us at times, is nevertheless meant for gracious purposes.
  • I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States: and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, that was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them.
  • I die hard but am not afraid to go. 

George Washington, A Christian, Receives His Reward

Washington To Heaven - Unknown Artist

 A Fitting Monument to Our First President

On the aluminum cap atop the Washington Monument in Washington, DC are two words: Laus Deo. No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument have no idea they are even there and for that matter probably could care less!

But there they are... 555 feet, 5.125 inches high... perched atop the monument to the father of our nation. On the eastern face of the monument's cap and overlooking the surrounding 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia, capital of the United States of America. Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words, out of sight and one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the world.

And what might those two words comprised of just four syllables and only seven letters mean? Very simply, "Praise be to God!" Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848 when James Polk was President of the United States, it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty-five years to finally cap the memorial with the tribute Laus Deo!
"Praise be to God!"

From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure a visitor can take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into four major segments. And from that vantage point one can also see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l'Enfant that has developed over the centuries into a perfect cross... with the White House to the North... the Jefferson Memorial to the South... the Capitol to the East... and the Lincoln Memorial to the West. A cross, you say?
How interesting! And, no doubt, carrying a 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 stones 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 York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6. "Praise be to God!"

When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 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 moral direction, 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 the governors of the 13 states on the occasion of his retirement from command of the Continental Army and public life. Have you never read it? Well, now is your opportunity... read on!

"I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the state over which you preside, in His holy protection, that He would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the field, and finally, that He would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation" Laus Deo!

As you might have guessed... I kind of like the idea that our Pledge of Allegiance includes the phrase "under God." It is clear when one studies the history of our great nation that Washington's America was one of the few countries in all the world established under the guidance, direction and banner of Almighty God, to whom was given all praise, honor and worship by the great men who formed and fashioned her pivotal foundations. And when one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our nation's capitol... one will easily find the signature of God.

We are a nation under God. Laus Deo!
"Praise be to God!"

Author Unknown

 

The Washington Monument Points To Heaven - George Washington Inn

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