Ronald Reagan knew more than anyone that the qualities he exemplified can be built within the hearts and lives of all of us. And he knew that the source of the qualities necessary to preserve freedom comes from the One who knows us best.
On, Feb. 4, 1982, in a speech at the National Religious Broadcasters convention, he said:
It's been written that the most sublime figure in American history was George Washington on his knees in the snow at Valley Forge. He personified a people who knew that it was not enough to depend on their own courage and goodness, that they must seek help from God ? their Father and Preserver. Where did we begin to lose sight of that noble beginning, of our convictions that standards of right and wrong do exist and must be lived up to?
Do we really think that we can have it both ways, that God will protect us in a time of crisis even as we turn away from Him in our day-to-day life? ... The Book of St. John tells us, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." We have God's promise that what we give will be given back many times over.
And we also have His promise that we could take to heart with regard to our country ? "That if my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land." To preserve our blessed land, we must look to God.
As Lady Margaret Thatcher so eloquently said in her eulogy of President Reagan, "... we have one beacon to guide us that Ronald Reagan never had. We have his example. Let us give thanks today for a life that achieved so much for all of God's children."
May the revolution commence.