Proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds.Psalm 26:7 ESV
The Pilgrims formed a government, by the Mayflower Compact, that was limited before they reached the shores of America. This Compact planted the seed of self-government that thrived on our shores and produced the fruit of liberty in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution that guard our rights and thus our freedom.
Today in America we can speak freely, work purposefully, gather together at will, learn and teach truth, pray to Christ, and own things as our own personal, inalienable rights. As a result, we achieve a level of happiness and prosperity that the majority of the world’s population does not enjoy. May we always be mindful and grateful for all the blessings of liberty.
Gratitude is a virtue of the highest excellence, as it implies a feeling and generous heart, and a proper sense of duty. The love of God is the sublimest gratitude.*
Teach the Children:
- God is the source of our happiness. Knowing Him and obeying His Word safeguards the future. “The love of God is the sublimest gratitude.”
- It is important to learn the Christian history of our nation for this is the foundation of our liberty.
- Practice gratitude every day, especially this Thanksgiving and Christmas season. It is “a virtue of the highest excellence and implies a feeling and generous heart.”
*Webster, N. (2006). Noah Webster’s first edition of An American dictionary of the English language. Anaheim, CA: Foundation for American Christian Education.