Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
What kind of a man was he, the man who wrote the
poem that has ever since thrilled his fellow citizens? Francis was born on August 1, 1779,
while the young United States was waging an earlier war with Britain-- the war that bought
American independence. Among the strong influences on his character was his grandmother, Ann
Arnold Ross Key. She lost her eyesight rescuing two servants from flames, but bore her
affliction with Christian fortitude. The sensitive Francis was deeply impressed by her strong
faith and became a man of faith himself. Died in 1843.
Francis studied law and practiced it in
Washington, D.C. Even in the busiest times, however, he never failed to conduct family
prayers in his home twice a day--and always included the servants. He loved his children.
Once he had the gardener prepare a surprise for each of them: a tiny round garden. When the
seeds sprouted, the plants took the shape of their names.
A member of the Episcopal Church, Francis was a
cofounder of the American Sunday School Union. He gave generously of time and money to
seminaries, missions and organizations that educated poor children and relieved their needs.
When John Randolph of Roanoke's faith was shaken by reading Voltaire and other skeptics,
Francis wrote to him: "Men may argue ingeniously against our faith, as indeed they may
against anything--but what can they say in defense of their own--I would carry the war into
their own territories, I would ask them what they believe--if they said they believed
anything, I think that they might be shown to be more full of difficulties and liable to
infinitely greater objections than the system they oppose and they were credulous and
unreasonable for believing it. If they said they did not believe anything...they would be
insane, or at best ill qualified to teach others..."
Francis Scott Key was a respected young lawyer
living in Georgetown just west of where the modern day Key Bridge crosses the Potomac River
(the house was torn down after years of neglect in 1947). He made his home there from 1804 to
around 1833 with his wife Mary and their six sons and five daughters. At the time, Georgetown
was a thriving town of 5,000 people just a few miles from the Capitol, the White House, and
the Federal buildings of Washington.
Since May 30th, 1949 the US flag has flown
continuously, by a Joint Resolution of Congress, over the monument marking the site of
Francis Scott Key's birthplace, Terra Rubra Farm, Carroll County, Keymar, Maryland. The copy
that Key wrote in his hotel September 14,1814, remained in the Nicholson family for 93 years.
In 1907 it was sold to Henry Walters of Baltimore. In 1934 it was bought at auction in New
York from the Walters estate by the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore for $26,400. The Walters
Gallery in 1953 sold the manuscript to the Maryland Historical Society for the same price.
Another copy that Key made is in the Library of Congress.
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(posted 28 December 2003)
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now