December 9th – Saturday

When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe. – Luke 11:21

Noah Webster partnered with his brother-in-law, Isaac Collins, to launch New York’s inaugural daily newspaper, the “American Minerva” on this day in 1793. Before his newspaper venture, Webster had already gained acclaim for his “Blue-Backed Speller,” a book that helped to standardize American English and was widely adopted in schools nationwide. The “American Minerva” was one of the earliest daily newspapers in the United States. Covering diverse subjects, including politics, culture, and commerce, the newspaper attempted to provide readers with timely news and information. Webster’s involvement mirrored his broader interests in education, language, and knowledge dissemination, and propagated his political ideals. Despite its limited financial success, the “American Minerva” marked a milestone in American journalism, expanding Noah Webster’s influence from dictionaries and spelling books to the realm of daily newspapers.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For Secretary Cardona to be led by the Lord as he heads the Department of Education.
  • For members of school boards and education administrators across the U.S. to be wise as they set policies for the teaching of children.
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