Posted By Jennifer McBride on November 22, 2014
From Bambi Moore at In the Nursery of the Nation:
The inscription on the Monument to the Pilgrim Mothers in Plymouth, Massachusetts reads:
“They brought up their families in sturdy virtue and a living faith in God without which nations perish.”
Years later, America’s foe, British general Lord Cornwallis said:
“We may destroy all the men in America, and we shall still have all we can do to defeat the women.”
Finally, French journalist Alexis Tocqueville concluded his great work Democracy in America:
“If I were asked, now that I am drawing to the close of this work, in which I have spoken of so many important things done by the Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply: To the superiority of their women.”
Why is there a chasm separating our Pilgrim foremothers and 21st century women? If Tocqueville were around today would he attribute America’s now weak condition, to the women as well? Is it merely that the years bring changes in clothing, hair-dos and modern conveniences? Surely it’s more than that which separates us from these hard-working, resilient, reverent and faithful women.
It is the state of our souls.Our text-messaging, dinner is pre-made, God-is-my-cosmic-genie-generation has come so far in less than 400 years. Pilgrim women served the God of the universe: Sovereign and just, all-sufficient, even in death; the source and passion of their existence.