Friday, January 15, 2010

Prayer Part of U.S. History, Even in Horse Racing!

Prayer has been an important part of American life since our earliest European settlers showed up in North America. We see examples of it in the early Congress, in Presidential proclamations, and other official events.

Sometimes we see examples depicted in the more routine parts of our lives. The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has an exhibit of a lithograph done in the 1860's. It shows a scene prior to a horse race. The jockey is kneeling in prayer beside his mount.

No doubt others were praying for a favorable outcome for competing jockeys, so one has to wonder how God might have answered!

See the painting on the Smithsonian website

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