July 4th. Independence Day.
It goes beyond picnics and parades. It’s about our freedom. Freedom to choose. Freedom to worship as we want. Freedom to choose our own path in life.
John Adams, one of our founding fathers, wrote of this day to his wife, Abigail:
“This day of July 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It out to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It out to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
While we enjoy our time with family and loved ones, we must never forget the cost that was paid for our independence. Let’s not take it for granted.
Thank you, Father, for this country’s freedom. May you always be glorified.