Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Coolidge understood that "The American Revolution represented the informed and mature convictions of a great mass of independent, liberty-loving, God-fearing people who knew their rights, and possessed the courage to dare to maintain them."

Coolidge believed that this spiritual foundation helped create our nation, and the lack of such a foundation would lead to our nation's demise. "If this apprehension of the facts be correct, and the documentary evidence would appear to verify it, then certain conclusions are bound to follow. A spring will cease to flow if its source be dried up; a tree will wither if its roots be destroyed."

The things of the spirit come first," Coolidge says in his close. "Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren sceptre in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage, which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created it. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had for the things that are holy. We must follow the spiritual and moral leadership which they showed. We must keep replenished, that they may glow with a more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshiped."

This fundamental spiritual foundation provides us with optimism. If we believe that God can do anything, then our imagination allows us to picture in our minds what might be possible not by us, but by God working through us. We can envision a better future than might be possible through our own means.

This holiday, pause a minute to take a breath, and focus on the holy day.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.