What did President Kennedy mean in his inaugural address that the torch had been passed to a new generation? Find out in my latest episode of “Inspiration From American History with Rebecca Price Janney.” anchor.fm/rebeccapricejanney
One of my favorite children’s books is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. In one scene, Anne Shirley is striving to do and be her best, but she constantly falls short. She is an optimist, however, and she concludes, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.”
As we write the final lines on 2020, most of us are hopeful about the new year being somehow kinder and gentler than what we’ve known these past twelve months. Whatever happens, though, I am certain God has gone before us, and will provide all the strength and courage we will need, if wew but seek His face, and blessings beyond what we can imagine.
I’d like to leave 2021, and you, my friend, with a quote from my favorite poet, T.S. Eliot, who wrote in Little Gidding:
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
May God bless you and your loved ones at this time of new beginnings.
GET ENCOURAGEMENT FROM CHRISTMAS PAST
Cynthia L. Simmons is one of my favorite radio hosts, and I just did this Christmas-themed show with her. I think it’s important to look back on events from American history in order to find inspiration for today. May you enjoy this show, and may God bless you this holiday season.
DECEMBER 18, 2020
I’ve always thought of Christmas as a time of joy, however, 2020 presented us with upheaval. Normal life has changed, and I find myself fighting worry. That’s one reason I enjoy history. The stories lift my spirit as I see how God worked in the past.
This week author Rebecca Price Janney was my guest, and she had a relative who fought in the Revolution. She related an encouraging story about a Christmas during the war.
On Sunday, November 8th the George Taylor Chapter, NSDAR dedicated a special marker to Colonel Peter Kichline, my six times great grandfather and one of two main characters in my Easton Series novels. The day was truly picture perfect. There were PSSDAR dignitaries, the mayor and state representative, Kichline family members, DAR members from several chapters, and many friends. I’m so grateful to each person who made this possible.
I had the honor of dedicating the marker, and I’d like to share with you what I said. Here’s the link to the ceremony.
To listen to my dedication, go to my podcast: Anchor.fm/rebeccapricejanney or click on the Podcast icon on my website.
I feel strongly about honoring the sacrificial services of all American patriots, to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude.
On Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 1:30 PM, members of the George Taylor Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, dedicated a bronze and granite marker at the grave of my six times great grandfather, Colonel Peter Kichline (1722-1789) to honor his service during the American Revolutionary War. The Colonel, who had twice been elected Northampton County Sheriff, served as Colonel of the First Battalion of Northampton County and led the Northampton County Flying Camp at the Battle of Brooklyn in August 1776. He had also served in the Pennsylvania Assembly and on the Committee of Safety. He was wounded at Brooklyn and imprisoned with most of his remaining men. In addition to further civic service after the war, he became Easton’s first mayor, also known as “Chief Burgess,” in 1789.
The ceremony took place at the Historic Easton Cemetery, hosted by George Taylor Chapter Regent Donna Schrantz. Participants included PSSDAR State Regent Elizabeth Watkins, Mayor Sal Panto, State Representative Robert Freeman, Dr. Rebecca Price Janney, Descendant of Colonel Kichline, Jeffrey Kichline, collateral descendant of the Patriot, and Chaplain Vivian Noblett. Also participating were Kichline’s Flying Camp Re-enactors, Phoenix Rising Patriots flag line group, and Bugler Tim Ghebeles. Members from several DAR Chapters were also in attendance, including dignitaries State Vice Regent Marguerite Fritsch, State Chaplain Christyn Olmstead, former Southeast District Director Sara Jane McCurdy, and Alice Keiner, PSSDAR Sate Chair of DAR Service for Veterans Committee. Numerous Kichline family members were also in attendance.
The service included greetings from the dignitaries, the Pledge of Allegiance, a biography of Colonel Kichline, the dedication of the marker, a demonstration of the 18th century “Mourn Arms” by Kichline’s Flying Camp, the laying of a wreath, and the playing of Taps.
A reception was held afterward at the First United Church of Christ in Easton, the church Colonel Kichline helped to build and of which he and his family were active members.
We tend to think of the 1950s in an idyllic way – sock hops, rock’ n’ roll, drive-ins, hoola hoops, and Howdy Doody, but that decade was actually pretty complex, and scary. It was a time of anxiety (think of the fears people had of being incinerated by atomic bombs) and assurance, which I talk about in my latest podcast, which you can listen to at Anchor.fm/rebeccapricejanney, or click on the Podcast icon on my website.