|Looking good for 284 years old!|
To mark today's holiday, our opening prayer was an excerpt from Washington's 1796 Farewell Address in which he announced he would not seek a third term as president. In addition, during lunch we gave our birthday cake to the students.
Here is the excerpt we read for today's prayer:
I shall carry it with me to my grave, as a strong incitement to unceasing vows that heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence; that your union and brotherly affection may be perpetual; that the free Constitution, which is the work of your hands, may be sacredly maintained; that its administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue; that, in fine, the happiness of the people of these States, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing as will acquire to them the glory of recommending it to the applause, the affection, and adoption of every nation which is yet a stranger to it....