Thus, Out of Small Beginnings…
“To be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor…”
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” —Psalm 100:4-5
We are charged with sustaining the blessings of American Liberty and extending that blessing to the next generation. During some seasons that charge is more challenging than others, but we approach it with no less optimism and vigor.
Please pause with us this Thanksgiving to reflect upon how blessed we really are — blessed far beyond any measure of what we deserve. We are grateful for simple blessings and mercies, and especially for the large fellowship of brothers and sisters who are bound by our devotion to Liberty.
To put our national Day of Thanksgiving into proper context is to express gratitude. In that spirit, especially on this 400th anniversary of the First Thanksgiving, I invite you to read this compelling “History and Legacy of Our National Thanksgiving.”
From the extraordinary journal of Mayflower Compact signer and Plymouth Governor William Bradford: “Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation.”
President George Washington, in his First Thanksgiving Proclamation, declared, “Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor … I do recommend and assign [this Thanksgiving Day] to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.”
In President Ronald Reagan’s first Thanksgiving proclamation, he wrote: “As we celebrate Thanksgiving … we should ask what we can do as individuals to demonstrate our gratitude to God for all He has done. Such reflection can only add to the significance of this precious day of remembrance. Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people.”
Patriot brothers and sisters, especially in this season, contemplate all that is good and right: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
For some added inspiration from the mountains of East Tennessee, enjoy listening to “My Beautiful America” by a fellow Tennessean, the late Charlie Daniels.
Please join us in prayer for our nation’s Military Patriots standing in harm’s way, and for their families throughu their deployments. I also ask the favor of your prayer for our mission to, first and foremost, support and defend our Republic’s Founding Principles — the Liberty endowed by our Creator — and to ignite the fires of freedom in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.
Thank you for the privilege of serving as editor and publisher of The Patriot Post and for your support of our team.
Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Publisher, The Patriot Post
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776
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