Saturday, July 31, 2010

Laus Deo...Such special words!

Do you know what it means? I didn't, and am so glad I do now! Here's a bit of history that brought a smile to my face...God's cleverness never ceases to amaze me. He will be glorified and praised.

The Washington Monument is the highest building in the most powerful city in the greatest nation on earth. At the very top of the metal cap of this building are the inscripted words "Laus Deo". No one can see these words, and I doubt many of us learned that they were even there when we studied government in 8th grade. The words "face skyward, towards the Father of our Nation" mean "Praise Be to God!"

Here are some other interesting facts:
"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

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!"

I love this country. No matter how "evolved" we think we can be, how hard we try to pretend He isn't a part of our ways, God will be heard!

"Unless the LORD builds the house,
its builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchmen stand guard in vain. " Psalm 127:1

No comments: