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Washington's Crossing

1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977

 

At Trenton, New Jersey, a surprise Christmas day attack occurred resulting in the defeat of German mercenary soldiers from Hesse. This was made possible because of Washington’s daring secret crossing of the ice-laden Delaware River during the early hours of Christmas morning. The Hessians, hired to fight by the British, had celebrated Christmas Eve, believing that the war was on hold for the winter months. Thus sleepy, hung-over and surprised, they were overrun by Washington’s surprise assault. This victory was a critical turning point in world opinion. Up to this point, it seemed as though Washington’s army could not prevail in military encounters with the trained British and European troops. Washington’s bold and dangerous move reflected his bold and constant trust in God’s providence. His actions reflect the virtues of Joshua 1:8 and Proverbs 3:5-6.  Joshua 1:9 declares, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (NIV) Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (NIV).