Ira Stoll wrote a tremendous book on the life of Samuel Adams. I have long been perplexed by the spirituality of our forefathers and those that made America great. As Americans we need to return back to the values of those that preceded us. It was September 1777 when Samuel Adams delivered this particular speech on encouragement to the delegates:
Let us awaken then, and evince a different spirit, — a spirit that shall inspire the people with confidence in themselves and in us, — a spirit that will encourage them to persevere in this glorious struggle, until their rights and liberties shall be established on a rock. We have proclaimed to the world our determination “to die freemen, rather than live slaves.” We have appealed to Heaven for the justice of our cause, and in Heaven we have placed our trust. Numerous have been the manifestations of God’s providence in sustaining us. In the gloomy period of adversity, we have had “our cloud by day and pillar of fire by night.” We have been reduced to distress, and the arm of Omnipotence has raised us up. Let us still rely in humble confidence on Him who is mighty to save. Good tidings will soon arrive. We shall never be abandoned by Heaven while we act worthy of its aid and protection.
I think it’s interesting to note that Horatio Gates accepted the surrender of 5,800 British soldiers in October, just one short month after this speech. Samuel Adams and the rest of the congressman didn’t hear about it until in November and it wasn’t until December 18th that they declared it a “day of thanksgiving” to God.
What do you have to thankful for to day? Every evil deed and every sinful act has it’s roots in the soil of ingratitude.