Gratitude, Even in November 2012
What we’re thankful for.

The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, by Jennie A. Brownscombe (1850-1936)


This is the Year of Our Lord 2012. And thanks be to God it is.

One of my usually favorite national publications last week began an editorial referring to this fact in a somewhat disdainful manner, apparently because by implication such recognition requires public figures to hold themselves to a sometimes inconvenient standard of behavior. Ironically, on those same pages for many years has appeared a recurring column that recounts both the history of the colonial settlement that gave rise to this nation and the basis for the same — a deep and abiding call from God for liberty and His providence in our lives.


This year’s unsettling election results disturb the souls of most with whom I keep company. With so much uncertainty in the nation (economics, unemployment, threats to liberty) and in the world (Middle East unrest, Israel imperiled and alone), as we approach Thanksgiving I am most thankful that this is the Year of Our Lord 2012. And for the steadfastness of God. That there is one who is above and over all things, one who is always there, who never fails, and whose love for us surpasses all knowledge and understanding.

And I am thankful for God’s mercy and grace upon this great nation and its people — whether they love, hate, or deny Him, and upon me, my family, the ministry I am honored to lead. And I am most grateful for those men and women of faith whom He has allowed me to know, to ally with, to work with, and to stand beside.

During my travels last week, in a span of less than 48 hours, I had deep conversations with a rabbi of one of the leading congregations in New York, the Baptist pastor of one of the nation’s largest churches, the Roman Catholic archbishop of a major diocese, and a best-selling non-denominational religious author. Common in every conversation were two things — a deep and abiding love and concern for America and a shared certainty that God will continue to “shed His grace on thee.” I pray this be so.

— Alan Sears is president of Alliance Defending Freedom