To The Editor:

At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Dr. Benjamin Franklin suggested that in view of the small progress and the different sentiments, that the Convention should open each day with prayer as the Congress had been. Dr. Franklin, not the most formally religious of the delegates, felt that the motion may have been needed due to the end of the day with heated, even ill-tempered, debate.

Some of Franklins remarks were: "We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it." Also "In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us."

Dr. Franklin continued to remind the delegates that when they were engaged in the struggle with Great Britain and sensed the danger, they had daily prayer for divine protection in the very room they were in. "Our prayers, Sir, were heard and they were graciously answered." And "have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance?" He quoted the Bible, "except the Lord build the House they labor in vain that build it" (Ps: 127:1). "Or, Franklin firmly believed without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than then Builders of Babel." Also we would be divided by our little partial local interests, projects confounded and we ourselves become a reproach and bye word for future ages."

Dr. Franklin's words ring true today. Are we at a spiritual turning point in our society? I'm convinced Dr. Franklin had the answer back then.

Wm. R. Cowgill, Marion, Ohio