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IT becomes us to acknowledge with grateful hearts the goodness and mercy of our God, who has manifested his kind regard for us in sparing our lives and permitting us to enter upon this new ear under circumstances of comfort and prosperity. In common with our fellow-men, and especially with those of our highly favored America, we have great reason to acknowledge the goodness of God in granting us so many temporal blessings. The earth has unbosomed to our use her wonted treasures; a fruitful season and an abundant harvest has met the returning necessities of men and beasts. Seed time and harvest have followed in their accustomed succession; and so far as outward circumstances are considered, we are as near an earthly paradisian state as in our present sinful state we may ever expect to approach. We have reason indeed for humiliation and abasement in the conviction that so strong a propensity exists among us to abuse and pervert the blessings so abundantly granted us. To the antediluvians was given every green herb, they were restricted to subsist upon the vegetable production of the earth, to which the animal creation was added in the days of Noah, after the flood. And the children of Israel were also restricted to certain kinds of. food; hut now, under the gospel dispensation, none of the creatures of God are to be refused by christians; but all are to be received with thanksgiving, being appropriated by the word of God and prayer. No pledges of total abstinence from any of the things which God has created is required; but we are bound by our love to God, and allegiance to Christ, to use all things without abusing them, or abusing ourselves in the use of them. And it should not be forgotten that they are to be received with thanksgiving.

While gratitude and praise to God are due from us for all the temporal mercies which fall to our lot; for food and raiment; for homes and friends; for civil, social, and religious liberty; above all, it becomes the children of God to praise and adore the great Author of salvation, for the gift of his dear Son, and for all new covenant blessings, so richly bestowed through him, and for the evidence we enjoy that he has included us in the company of his redeemed fami1y. If, during the last year we have not witnessed unusual in-gatherings of redeemed sinners, nor special outpourings of the Holy Spirit in reviving the churches, we have great cause for gratitude for the preserving faithfulness of our God in supporting his people in their hours of temptation and trial. We have witnessed the truth and faithfulness of our God in the fulfillment of his promises. He has not left nor forsaken his church. In passing through the fire it has not been suffered to kindle upon her; like the bush which Moses saw, she is not consumed, but out of the fire God has caused his glorious voice to be heard, proclaiming himself the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and, as the angel of presence in form like unto the Son of God was seen in the midst of the burning furnace with the Hebrew children, making them equal to the trial, so has he manifested himself in the midst of his poor and afflicted children, and suffered all the fire and rage of the prince of darkness only to burn off some of the cords of error and manacles of tradition, whereby they had been bound by the servant of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon In how many instances this has been illustrated among the children of the captivity within the past year cannot be written with certainty. But many there are who can witness that they had been held in Babylonish captivity, having been led away from the order and simplicity of the gospel by the seducing charms of New Schoolism; and by the revelation of God to them in the midst of the burning bush, or fiery furnace, they have realized his delivering power and grace. The fiery trials through which they have passed have burned off their manacles, and proclaimed to them the God of the patriarchs, without singeing a hair of their heads.

New Vernon, N.Y.,
January 1, 1847

Elder Gilbert Beebe
Editorials Volume 2
Pages 729 – 731