“LAUS DEO”

READ: ISAIAH 12: 1-6

“Thank the Lord! Praise his name! Tell the world what he has done. Oh, how mighty he is!” (V.4)

Laus Deo translated means “Praise to God.” The chaplain of our retired police officer association fittingly closes his bi-weekly report with those words. One of our members, Don Hearn, of Delaware, did some research on the term and his results are quite astounding in light of how Christianity is regarded in the United States today. What follows is some of the result of Don’s investigation concerning “Laus Deo.”

The Washington Monument, a lasting tribute to our first President, was started when James Polk was President in 1848 and completed and dedicated under the administration of Grover Cleveland in 1888. We need to first understand that no building in our Nations Capitol can ever be of greater of greater height than this giant obelisk; second, upon the aluminum cap that crowns the monument at 555 feet and 5.125 inches above the ground, are engraved the words- “Laus Deo!” These words face upward toward the heavens and are not visible to any visitor. They reflect the true thanks and accurately capture the “spiritual mood” of our founders and the first President of our unique democracy as they boldly proclaimed- “One Nation Under God!” It is a tribute meant for God, not for man, reminding us that without the beneficent hand of blessing and mercy from God, the United States would have never become a reality. This was a poignant fact clearly understood by those who risked and gave everything to give birth to our nation and by succeeding generations who saw us through the Civil War and other national struggles that have defined us as a nation. But we should never forget that our great country was first and foremost built upon the firm foundation provided by God.

PAUSE FOR REFLECTION AND PRAYER

Later this week we will celebrate Thanksgiving and let us do so by repeating the prayer that Washington said for America:

“Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou will incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally, that Thou wilt 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 characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” LAUS DEO!