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  • Writer's pictureTroy Foster

Virginia, One Beginning, Two Ends

The beginning:

“We do hereby dedicate this Land, and ourselves, to reach the People within these shores with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to raise up Godly generations after us, and with these generations take the Kingdom of God to all the earth. May this Covenant of Dedication remain to all generations, as long as this earth remains and may this land, along with England, be evangelists to the world. May all who see this cross remember what we have done here, and may those who come here to inhabit join us in this Covenant and this most noble work, that the Holy Scriptures may be fulfilled. From these very shores the gospel shall go forth, not only to this new world, but the entire world.” ~ Robert Hunt April 29th, 1607 - 10 days after Passover

Two ends:

Revolutionary War - Yorktown, Virginia October 19, 1781 - 10 days after Sukkot and Civil War Appomattox, Virginia April 9th 1865 - Palm Sunday.

Beautiful Virginia. The Capital grounds were so pretty with several monument areas all around the grounds. Water features, statues, flowers, trees and walking paths made for fun history scavenger hunt.

Matt and I had to wait at the vehicles for a bit. Our parking was a 2 hour limit. We knew we would be there every bit of 2 hours. So we waited for 12:45 to put our money in the meter. We walked up the steep hill for 2 blocks and found the sidewalk around the Capitol.

Again, this Capitol was under construction just like several of the others. I hear in my spirit “I’m renovating the government”. Both Earthly and Kingdom. The pattern now makes more sense.

I text Kristi to let her know we’re on the Capitol grounds. They went ahead of us to find a restroom and to see if they could get a small tour of the building. Matt and I start our prayer circle while taking pictures of all the beauty.

I looked to see if there was a Liberty Bell replica on the Capitol grounds and they did not. So as I was praying I was asking where I was to decree from. HE told me HE would show me where when I get there. Well as I get halfway around the building I see a huge statue of George Washington on a horse and think, ah, this has to be the spot! Holy Spirit said nope, keep walking. So I continue. I see another monument for civil rights and think, this is it. Wrong again. I’m now 2⁄3 's the way around and I’m walking down a slight hill and Holy Spirit says look over there. I look slightly to the right and see a row of tall ornamental grass, HE says right there. I look around and look back, right there, I think to myself. It’s just grass and flowers. He has me walk over to it. I walked around the tree that blocked most of my view and I could now see it was a hole. I got closer and saw that there was a winding path that circled to a water fountain. I walked around to find the beginning of the path and it led me to a bell tower, this bell was rang for special occasions. At the entrance of this path there was a sign talking about this fountain. It was named “The Mantle”. I laughed out loud and said of course you have me decree in front of a bell tower ment for special occasions, in the monument named “The Mantel” and the monument was for the native peoples which is part of my ancestry. I walked the circling path to the center where the fountain was bubbling water over the monument that had the names of several native tribes of that area.

I tell Krist this is the spot and she posts up there as Matt and I finish the prayer ring.

We get close to where we started and I look up between two buildings and see a “rain slice”? It was a rainbow but it was just a small slice of the bow. It was just right there, no rain, just some wispy clouds. I point it out to Matt and take a few pictures. As we looked at it, we could see that the clouds made what looked like a menorah with the rainbow slice as the fire. Oh and it also looked kind of like baby Groot. So there's that.

We finish the prayer ring and set up for the decree. The Capitol grounds were pretty busy, but as I decreed there wasn’t just attention given to us. A few stopped to see what we were about and then went on their way. We take our pictures and pack up.

We now plan our trip to Tennessee. This would be a later night with it being the longest trip between Capitols. As we plan it out, Matt says we’re going right by Appomattox. I looked at him with excitement and said Apa-what? Appomattox, where the Civil War ended. Lee surrendered to Grant at the courthouse in Appomattox. OHHH! It hit me in the gut. We ended up in the room where the Civil War started and now we would be at the place where it all ended.

We pull into the parking lot to overlook the battlefield where the last shots were fired. The gate to the town of Appomattox was already closed but that didn’t stop us from walking down the same path the Lee marched 9000 men down to surrender and end a war that was a grievous sin for our Nation. The rolling hills have so much to say with all that history but at that moment all I could hear was SHALOM. The beauty and serenity of the entire area was captivating. We walked up to the very house that Lee met with Grant to hand over his sword and surrender. I sat on the porch taking it all in. I felt like I was to finish that repentance I started in Montgomery, Alabama. I repented for the sins of our fathers and the path our Nation diverged towards.

After repenting I asked for forgiveness for the sins of our fathers.

A long moment on the porch I then get up and find Kristi and the kiddos taking pictures all over the little town. We make a stop at the courthouse where the surrender papers were signed and then we stroll back up the path soaking up all of this amazing evening.

Onward and upward. Crossville, Tennessee is in our crosshairs. Nashville is on the agenda for tomorrow.



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