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In reply to those who have shared their doubts that America was born of God and established by Christian principles by God: Benjamin Franklin is best known for his inventions. But he was also a key figure when the 13 colonies were giving birth to a new nation. At the age of 81, Franklin was the oldest representative at the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Weeks after the convention began, representatives were still haggling about the relative voting power of large states and small states. Then Franklin stood up and said, “In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for the divine protection! Our prayers, sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered … Have we now forgotten this powerful friend? Do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived a long time and the longer I live the more convincing proof I see of this truth that God governs in the affairs of men … we have been assured, sir, that except the Lord builds the house they labor in vain that build it; and without his concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.” The verse from Psalm 127 had its effect. A compromise was soon worked out, and a Constitution was ratified by the states the following year. I say we need God’s assistance more than ever before. “Down they come, one after another, down they come, and every time for lack of righteousness … when a nation no longer possesses a real effective belief in things spiritual, strong enough to inspire and to direct action, it decays.” – Matthew Arnold. Thanksgiving is a day set aside for thanking God for our many blessings. DEBORAH LINDGREN, Auburn