For This We Give Thanks

© Plymouth Famers' Market, Plimoth Plantation
© Plymouth Famers’ Market, Plimoth Plantation

…Lastly, (and which was not least,) a great hope and inward zeal [the Pilgrims] had of laying some good foundation, or at least to make some way thereunto, for the propagating and advancing the gospel of the kingdom of Christ in those remote parts of the world; yea, though they should be but even as stepping-stones unto others for the performing of so great a work…”

As we gather together today with gratefulness to our Pilgrim forebearers to count the multiplied just and merciful Providences in the history of our nation and families, we remember the character and virtue of a people who’s legacy we must preserve for generations to come. As they lived, we must also live wholeheartedly and deliberately according to the Scriptures, laying down our lives willingly, trusting God as we press forward the crown rights of Jesus Christ, that we might establish a nation that acknowledges the glory of God by the light of the Gospel.

In restoring the biblical view of womanhood…

“…We verily believe and trust that the Lord is with us, unto Whom and Whose service we have given ourselves in many trials; and that He will graciously prosper our endeavors according to the simplicity of our hearts therein…”

We have a charge equally important to that which God places on the shoulders of men. The sin, the silliness, and the cynicism of today’s women is far reaching and yet in the midst of it all, the Lord has blessed our efforts in creating a culture of Christian womanhood that has blossomed and advanced a skilled, peaceful, courageous, and virtuous way of life for our daughters.

“…We are well weaned from the delicate milk of our mother country, and inured to the difficulties of a strange and hard land, which by patience we have largely overcome…It is not with us as with other[s] whom small things can discourage, or small discontentments cause to wish themselves at home again…”

Even as feminism seeks to daily entangle us still, with the tyranny of socialism, women living counter culturally by daily seeking to be conformed to God’s will as revealed in the Scriptures, become the earthquake that will topple the badly built forms of feminism. We know to daily depose self from its throne and acknowledge Christ as Lord in faith and obedience, is to daily win a battle.

To the many women unnamed who live for Christ in the quiet keeping of their homes, we give thanks. We know you’re out there and we know your faithfulness will extend, by the blessing of God, for generations. May this today’s celebrations be for you a blessed and joyous occasion remembering God’s faithfulness to us is the same faithfulness He extended to our fore-mothers. God bless you.

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