26 December 2016
The Winter Patriots
A notice about this film came across my news feed this morning. The timing was, in several ways, quite providential. Of course, it's Christmas time and one of the central events portrayed in the video occurs on Christmas night - Washington's crossing of the Delaware. The timing was providential in another way as well. Though I'm sure some will scoff, I was immediately struck by some of the themes and how they paralleled the recent Presidential election.
"The rebellion seemed doomed. Washington's army, the Americans - the United States - needed a miracle."
Indeed, Washington's army received their miracle in the waning days of 1776; as did we 240 years later in the waning days of 2016.
The 27 minute film produced by Mount Vernon, is very well done and worth the time it takes to watch it.
The film also reminds me that there is a new and "good spirit" of hope in America. I'm looking forward to 2017 with optimism. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.