Sunday Serenity - Toil and Blood, Pomp and Parade

John Adams was our 2nd President,
and the 1st President to live in the White House.
He was George Washington's Vice-President for 8 years!

He personally urged Thomas Jefferson to write
the Declaration of Independence.

On July 3, 1776, the day before the Declaration was signed, 
John wrote a letter to his wife Abigail.

She was a home maker, wife, and mother to their 5 children,
a strong supporter of her husband, and our nation's freedom.

John's letter to her, concerning our Independence Day, read:

" ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance,
by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.

It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, 
with shows, games, sports, 
guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations,
from one end of this continent to the other, 
from this time forward forever.

You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not.

I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost 
to maintain the Declaration, 
and support and defend these States.

Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays
of ravishing light and glory.

I can see that the end is worth more than all the means;

that posterity will triumph in that day's transaction..."


  1. He said it prefectly. And it's still true today.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! I give thanks everyday. And hum the patriotic songs to myself while I work.
    My brother-in-law has 2 sons and 1 grandson all leaving for Afganistan this month. We are STILL free today, thanks to ALL of them. I'll say it again...GOD BLESS AMERICA!
    This is a beautiful post.

  2. Proud to be American!!!!

  3. Beautiful words. Thank you for the reminder of what this day is all about. Lisa~

  4. Happy 4th of July from one of your Aussie mates! Hope your day was special.

    Blessings and best wishes,

  5. Happy 4th of July! I hope you enjoy a lovely day.

  6. Ever since seeing the musical "1776" as a young girl, John and Abigail Adams have been two of my favorite of the founding Americans. I always consider them a team. I LOVE his words here and am so glad you posted them.

    Hope that you had a very blessed Independence Day celebration at your home.


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