The Father of All Mercies: A Patriot Christmas
“May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.” ~ George Washington (1790)
Standing guard in defense of Liberty is a constant vigil. And it can be as exhausting as it is exhilarating. But like you, your Patriot team never wavers in its steadfast commitment to that defense.
History informs us that there has never been a day when Liberty was not under assault by those endeavoring to displace Rule of Law with the rule of men. Liberty thus requires constant defense. Indeed, it deserves no less, given all the blood and treasure that has been spent in that defense.
During a particularly rancorous battle earlier this year, I paused to reflect on the many things good and right about our great nation. In doing so, I noted that we should welcome every sunrise as “morning again in America,” every dawn as affirmation that, in the words of Ronald Reagan, “America’s best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.” Indeed, the Reagan model for restoration was based on the sum total of our nation’s history, and it is as applicable today as ever.
No less important, we should welcome every sunset with the same optimism and the same indomitable spirit as a fellow Patriot from Reagan’s generation, John Wayne: “There’s a lot of things great about life. But I think tomorrow is the most important thing. Comes in to us at midnight very clean, ya know. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”
These are difficult times for Patriots. They try our souls. But they are no more difficult than in many seasons past. Then, as now, we faced daunting challenges from enemies both foreign and domestic. Then, as now, we can be heartened by the words of Samuel Adams, and by the awesome power of “an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” Continue reading