Lost Episode for December 5

On December 5, 1775, Abigail Adams, wife of Founder John Adams, wrote to her friend, Mercy Otis Warren: “A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest Man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind can have any real Good Will towards Man, can he be a patriot who by an openly vicious conduct is undermineing the very bonds of Society corrupting the Morals of Youth and by his bad example injuring that very Country he professes to patronize more than he can possibly compensate by his intrepidity Generosity and honour? The Scriptures tell us righteousness exalteth a Nation.” [Prov. 13:34] Abigail Adams’ use of Scripture to define true patriotism is another lost episode in American history. Read and Reflect: Read Deut. 8:6 and reflect on Moses’ instructions and compare them with the letter written by Abigail Adams. Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach us to fear you, keep your commandments and walk in your ways so that we might be good neighbors and citizens, giving a positive example to those around us, we pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen. *Source Citation: Henry Cabot Lodge, Winslow Warren, Worthington Chauncey Ford, eds., Warren-Adams Letters: Being Chiefly a Correspondence between John Adams, Samuel Adams and James Warren, vol. 1, 1743-1777 (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1919), 180. Bracketed item added.

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