A Providential History of Thanksgiving

In the severe winter of 1777, General George Washington’s army was suffering from bitter cold, a lack of supplies and the obvious superiority of British forces. Many of his soldiers were in agony from severe frostbite, with feet and legs often frozen until they became black. Mandatory amputation of the injured appendages was widespread, disease was rampant and troop morale was low.
With his men under distress – dying at the rate of twelve per day – and disturbing sights of crimson mixed with snow, General Washington sought divine assistance.
With the weight of the world on his shoulders, he kneeled in the ice at Valley Forge. Hidden away in a grove of trees, his bended knees met the cold, hard ground.
Quaker Isaac Potts was riding his horse in the forest when he came upon Washington in deep conversation with God. It was at that moment when he witnessed the general interceding for his beloved country.
Potts later revealed the experience to his pastor, Nathaniel Randolph Snowden, an ordained Presbyterian minister, who then recorded the eyewitness account in his diary.
In detail, Snowden described the account of Potts: “In that woods pointing to a close in view, I heard a plaintive sound as, of a man at prayer. I tied my horse to a sapling and went quietly into the woods and to my astonishment I saw the great George Washington on his knees alone, with his sword on one side and his cocked hat on the other. He was at Prayer to the God of the Armies, beseeching to interpose with his Divine aid, as it was ye Crisis, and the cause of the country, of humanity and of the world.”
“Such a prayer I never heard from the lips of man. I left him alone praying,” reported an awestricken Potts.
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