An Appeal to Heaven–the pine tree

February 2, 2015

The Appeal to Heaven Flag was one of the flags used during the American Revolution. The flag features a pine tree with the motto “An Appeal to God,” or, more usually, “An Appeal to Heaven.”

From Appeal to Heaven. . . The story:

. . . wood was so foundational to us, home building and ship building were vitally important. We had pine trees with trunks at 6′ in diameter and as tall as 230′ and all the wood was old growth, rumored to be the best in the world at the time, especially for the tall masts on ships. In the mid 1700’s the king of England would see this value and wanted them for his own Royal Navy. He would mark trees and they were not to be touched even if on your property, also known as the “Broad Arrow Act”, this alone would infuriate the colonists to no end and strengthen the pine tree’s symbolism in America.

Isaiah 61:1-4 (KJV)
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

O Father,
Satan is marking our young people as his own. We proclaim good tidings over the United States of America! We call forth the healing power of the Blood of the Lamb, proclaim liberty to the captives, and rebuke the chains of idolatry. May the young people of the United States be called trees of righteousness that You may be glorified. Amen.

Falling Ebola incidence–thanksgiving

February 2, 2015

From the WHO: Case incidence continues to fall in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Mali has been declared free of Ebola virus disease (EVD).
Each of the intense-transmission countries has sufficient capacity to isolate and treat patients, with more than 2 treatment beds per reported confirmed, probable and suspected case. The planned numbers of beds in each country has now been reduced in accordance with falling case incidence.
Similarly, each country has sufficient capacity to bury all people known to have died from EVD.

This article from the NYT discusses the reduction of the number of cases.

Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

We thank You, Lord, for Your tender mercies in western Africa. Amen.

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