John Adams’ famous letter of July 3, 1776, in which he wrote to his wife Abigail what his thoughts were about celebrating the Fourth of July is found on various web sites but is usually incorrectly quoted. Following is the exact text from his letter with his original spellings:
The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not. (The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784, Harvard University Press, 1975, 142).
He sure didn’t know what ‘gloom’ we’d be facing, did he, as America’s basic tenets have become so eroded. I’m sure some of you have much more history on this and I’m so glad, but I’d really like to hone in on the words I’ve ‘bolded’ above for the purposes of my post this morning…..let’s focus on what we all should be focusing on, learning from, praying about; that this was a country created by God and posterity did triumph, at least for many years… Thus was the mindset of many of our Founding Fathers. “The End is more than worth all the Means.”
Let’s try hard to see the “Rays of ravishing Light and Glory” Adams felt were ahead for us as a country, as a Kingdom that God created. It was certainly created by believers in God and they sure did a darn good job.
I believe that “Acts of Devotion to God Almighty” WILL turn our country around. I believe we don’t pray enough, that not enough of us pray enough (including me), that some of us are losing a little bit of heart, depending on any given day.
Pray, folks. We have a lot to be thankful for and, while this American dream is being destroyed by those who don’t have the same healthy dreams we and our forefathers had, the same reliance on God, the same kindness even during disputes, etc….. we’ve come to the end of a road which says “kindness is now by edict.” (legislative edict to bring up the poor while the hard working successful are made poor). Let’s pray about that and so many other things for our country.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20