So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:
“Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”
America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.
–PRESIDENT Barak Obama
I have to say that this is one powerful little passage of a speech. I can see it being a rallying cry not only for this country, but for churches as well. As Christians we know the God who offers true freedom. We serve the God who claimed in His time here on earth that he came to set the captives free. So our mission here should be proclaiming freedom not just for our bodies, but for our very souls. Let it be said of our children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end and we took the message of Christ and His grace around the world.
(with that said, why have I heard that “In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river.” bit before? Is that a quote from somewhere or from another of his speeches)