Valentine Wilt And Valley Forge

On a wall, in a small cabin in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, a name is etched in a column among the names of many others.

One name, Valentine Wilt, is of special importance to me. It seems that I have a distant relative who served in the Revolutionary War, and in fact was part of the iconic Valley Forge experience.

A search for details yielded the following detail about Valentine Wilt, and I believe I have the correct one that is our ancestor.

“Valentine Wilt (1754-96) served as private in the 2nd battalion, York County, Pa., 1779, Capt.”

The battle at Valley Forge can be read about at Wikipedia.

For today, as we celebrate our family love here in our home with chocolate, flowers, cards and decorations (my wife does it big), I have one interest that is paramount related to my ancestor.

That interest for today?

The curious fact that his name was “Valentine.”

What a lovely moniker.


Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

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