Independence Day – George Washington, Mount Vernon, Virginia

We recently took a trip to Mount Vernon, Virginia. We ventured to Mount Vernon to see the residence of The First President of The United States, George Washington.

We toured the home and got to know Mr. Washington, as he would have lived. The home was was not large when he inherited it, he just kept added on to it.

The one thing I came away with, during our short visit, is that George Washington was a highly respected General, whose military prowess brought VICTORY to the colonist against the tyranny of King George. However, after the war, all he really wanted was to retire to his family home, but God had another plan. He was to be POTUS1, and continue leading this new country. George Washington knew their was much more work to do to get this new country, with new ideas, up and running. So when the Electoral College voted him President, he humbly accepted the position. His status as President, he made clear, was not as a KING who was to be served, but a mere mortal man who would serve the people.

As George Washington was a Godly man, he regularly attended Christ Church in Alexandria. He understood that this new country was a blessing, and that these blessing come from a Supreme Being.

Christ Church continues to have services to this day. The church also has the original church seating box that General George Washington, and his family, sat in every Sunday. It was humbling to be actually sitting inside this box, the actual box that George Washington sat in.

It was liberty that the early Americans fought for. Liberty from a King who wanted to rule with an iron fist. Establishing a new idea that “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.– ” They gambled their wealth, status, and their very lives to attain this God given liberty.

Now the U.S. turns 243 years old, and has had many Presidents. History will always look upon the first president as the person who brought it all together.

Thank you President Washington! Thank you, and all those who fought beside you to attain this new concept of “We the people.” May God continue to bless these United States and that the U.S. continue to grow with the knowledge that “Freedom is not FREE.“.