Most of us have heard the proverb that says “Hindsight is 20/20” that means it is easier to understand something after it has already happened. This expression is usually said when a person should have known something would happen, and a better decision was needed.
The year 2020 is America’s 4th centennial from the landing of the Pilgrims on the shores of Massachusetts. One hundred and two passengers arrived on the Mayflower to make a new home for themselves and their families. Half of those newcomers died that first winter. What are the odds that fifty plus people, most of which were the young children and teenagers of those who died, could have started the design of the nation that became the most powerful nation in all of human history? You guessed it—it was definitely a God thing.
Without a doubt you have heard the expression at the start of a new calendar year, “Ring out the old, Ring in the new”. That is always a refreshing thought to think that the new year brings new opportunities to remake ourselves in many ways, and why not? But if you think about it in principle, we don’t have to wait for the beginning of a new year to have those opportunities because every day that we wake up to a new day, those opportunities are there for us.
As long as I can remember, saying “Merry Christmas” was always a delightful thing to do during the Christmas season. It was a common practice to wish everyone that crossed your path at that time of the year. It somehow connected even among perfect strangers. It added so much to the taste, sights and sounds of the season and most of us looked forward to this time of year.
This verse in Luke was the message the angels announced to the shepherds at the birth of Jesus. Without a doubt, most people have a desire for peace in their lives and for world peace. What is more, they need it. But, why is peace so elusive for so many?
Either Jesus was the greatest lunatic and charlatan that has ever lived, or he was who he said because the mountain of evidence is astonishing. Never has there been so much prophesied about an individual with such minute detail as with Jesus about his coming to earth and his redemptive mission. Not only is there an immense amount of prophesy given in the Old Testament of the Bible, but all of it came to pass and is corroborated in the New Testament.
Everything in this world has a beginning. The motivation of the early Mayflower settlers of 1620 said it all; how they formally expressed their desire of this new adventure that began with a journey from Europe to the shores of this part of the North American continent. This enterprise, in time, turned out to be the beginning of this country the United States of America. There is no doubt, this vision was birthed and directed by God. There can be no other explanation when we study the life and the writings of those who originated it in the early 1600s.
As we approach the Thanksgiving season it is time to take inventory of how much we have been blessed in spite of whatever challenges our life has presented, all things seem to work out for good eventually. Especially for those who have deposited their trust in the Lord.
Obvious key factors have always stood out in the foundation that gave America its greatness. These were not hidden secrets to the famous people who played out important parts in our history and who wrote about them. These key factors should not be hidden secrets to us by any means. These valuable ingredients are necessary in a Republic for sustainability. They are biblical faith, character, virtue, and moral education. These are the same guidelines God gave to old Israel to follow.
Today, America celebrates a much-deserved holiday: Veteran’s Day! A day where all grateful citizens join in expressing our appreciation for all those who have served in our military branches. Those who have courageously fought on the battlefields when and where they have been commanded to do so. In gratitude of those who have served; we express our appreciation for your brave and willing service and say a big thank you! We truly hope that this day and every day you and your families experience our deepest gratitude for something that we could perhaps never repay all the sacrifice. Again, thank you!