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The death of a friend brought Samuel Adams’s pen back to life once again. “IT having pleased the Supreme Being, since your last meeting, in His holy providence ...

Thanksgiving

The death of a friend brought Samuel Adams’s pen back to life once again.

“IT having pleased the Supreme Being, since your last meeting, in His holy providence to remove from this transitory life, our late excellent Governour Hancock,” Samuel Adams began, as he outlined for the legislature of Massachusetts his goals for the upcoming year.

His friend and fellow patriot John Hancock had died in October 1793 of an illness. Adams, who had become lieutenant governor by this time, assumed Hancock’s responsibilities. Governor Adams looked to One he had always turned to during peace and war.

“To Him I look for that wisdom which is profitable to direct. The Constitution must be my rule, and the true interest of my Constituents, whose agent I am, my invariable object,” he continued.

Becoming governor of Massachusetts was the completion of a circle for Adams. The Revolution had finalized its orbit in the heart of this patriot. The man who once wrote a circular protesting taxation without representation by his governor was now the chief executive elected by the people. As his Puritan ancestors had done before him, Governor Adams took the opportunity to ask the people to turn their eyes to God, who had blessed them with liberty. He issued a proclamation calling for a day of public fasting, humiliation, and prayer.

Adams called on ministers to assemble their congregations for a day of penitence to the “Supreme Governor, HE hath plainly directed us, we may with one heart and voice humbly implore His gracious and free pardon, thro’ JESUS CHRIST, supplicating His Divine aid that we may become a reformed and happy people,” Adams wrote in his proclamation.

An accomplished writer, Adams knew when to use flamboyance and when to employ humility in his words. He asked God for blessings on health, agriculture, and commerce by using phrases such as “humbly beseeching HIM, mercifully to regard our lives and health” and “To favour our land with the alternate benefits of rain and warmth of the Sun.”

He asked the people to give thanks for their civil and religious liberties. He called for God’s blessings to prosper their governments and schools. After expressing hopes for the revolution taking place in France, Adams called for the perpetuation of faith, the wellspring of liberty, in America.

“And above all, to cause the Religion of JESUS CHRIST, in its true spirit, to spread far and wide, till the whole earth shall be filled with HIS glory,” he wrote, adding a request that all “unnecessary labor” be suspended on the day of prayer and fasting.

The proclamation ended with these words: “GOD save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

Samuel Adams called on the Father of lights to shine on Massachusetts, the place where the war began. By doing so, he also reminded America to keep their eyes on the Son.

The Revolution in Adams was complete.

Prayer

I look to you, and your Son Jesus Christ, for forgiveness and freedom. You are the Supreme Revolutionary, the One who forgives sins to save souls.

“Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun”

(Ecclesiastes 11:7).


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