One special evening of the tour was spent in warm fellowship and teaching by Bill Potter and Dan Ford at the Leyden Street house that sits on the site of the first building of the Pilgrims. The current structure was built in 1797 and was graciously provided by The Leyden Preservation Group for our enjoyment. The fellowship of like-minded families from across the country is often the highlight of a tour, and this year was no exception. Friendships were forged that will last a lifetime.
The Pilgrims and Puritans were seeking a place for succeeding generations to raise godly families, prepared to take dominion over the earth, to spread the Gospel of Christ without apology, and establish Christian civilization for the world to emulate. The inheritors of that vision, though not perfectly, created a Constitutional Republic based on those ideas, which proved to be a beacon followed by millions from around the earth. Those principles are all but forgotten, lost or destroyed by the forces motivated by a very different vision of the past and future. If we can’t tell the difference, or are not willing to stand for right in our own times, the bones of the fathers will go into their sarcophagus of history to await those in a more faithful future.