Thursday, February 16, 2017

William Bradford's Journal at Mo's in Newport, Oregon

 "Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are, and as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many..."  -William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation

Let me tell you people, we cracked open William Bradford's Journal at Mo's Restaurant today in Newport, Oregon.  It was some thick chowder going down.
 "When they wandered in the desert wilderness out of the way, and found no city to dwell in, both hungry, and thirsty, their soul was overwhelmed in them.  Let them confess before the Lord."  -William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation

I think... I've been coming to Mo's my whole life.
"All great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised  and overcome with answerable courage."  -William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation

I feel the same way about old William Bradford's journal. It's the first account of life in America and shows how truly amazing and rugged the pilgrims were.  Yet it also shows how steely was their resolve.  I know it's not the most lighthearted read, but his words and humility stay with you long after the book has been set down.

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