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ben carson august 2015 photo by Gage Skidmore, Flickr creative commons with attribution

Photo by Gage Skidmore, Flickr, (CC BY-SA 2.0)

I received the following email this morning from the campaign of Dr. Ben Carson and thought it worth sharing.

In the final sentence of the Declaration of Independence, our Founders wrote:

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

As we gather with our friends and family during this week of Thanksgiving, and as the world around us seems to grow more and more dangerous, it is worth looking back at those words.

Our Founding Fathers believed that men were born free with certain God-given rights, and that the only just purpose of government was to secure those rights. Relying only upon “divine Providence,” they were willing to sacrifice whatever necessary to establish such a government.

Because of the wisdom and courage of men like John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, America became more than just an idea. And because of the selflessness and sacrifice of many other generations of Americans, we know what it is like to live in freedom.

This Thanksgiving, let us pray that we too have the will, the fortitude, and the protection of divine Providence so we may overcome the challenges of our time.

We are not just any nation, and we are not just any people.

We are Americans, and during our time on this Earth we have a special responsibility to do everything in our power to protect and defend a very rare and delicate concept — liberty.

If I am blessed enough to become your President, that will be my mission….