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In 1787, our fledgling country almost dissolved. The Articles of Confederation had been cast to the side as ineffectual for the continuance of the union of 13 states. A new constitution was being worked out to strengthen the union of the states. However, in an effort to make the federal government more responsive to “We, the people”, they came to an impasse when many of the smaller states recognized that they would lose their voice in the new government. In that moment, when it seemed that this nation would fail in uniting the states after winning the Revolutionary War and establishing Liberty, Benjamin Franklin, in his wisdom stepped up to entreat his fellow countrymen to consider the following:
“I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that "except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall be become a reproach and a bye word down to future age. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human Wisdom, and leave it to chance, war, and conquest.”
“I therefore beg leave to move -- that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that service.”
Mr. Franklin also stated:
“It is with great sincerity I join you in acknowledging and admiring the dispensations of Providence in our favor. America has only to be thankful and to persevere. God will finish his work and establish their freedom.... If it had not been for the justice of our cause, and the consequent interposition of Providence, in which we had faith, we must have been ruined. If I had ever before been an atheist, I should now have been convinced of the being and government of a Deity! It is He who abases the proud and favors the humble. May we never forget His goodness to us, and may our future conduct manifest our gratitude.... I believe in one God, Creator of the universe. That He governs it by his providence. That He ought to be worshiped.”
In light of this wisdom espoused by a man who, in his acknowledgment of the providence of God, probably saved this nation from certain ruin, this campaign also recognizes that without God’s providence, we are doomed to certain failure. Therefore, I have asked Mick Dobra to be the campaign chaplain and he has agreed. He will be leading our prayer partner effort in praying for our state, our nation and this campaign. We ask God to bless this campaign; to give us the wisdom, abilities, and resources to be successful.