July 4th

Saturday morning.  I’m changing all my headers, as I do every month.

I love July.  I’ve always thought it was very cool to have a birthday on the 4th, and this year I’ll be hitting 70!

The Fourth of July is a wonderful day for America. We take the day off for picnics, parties, parades, and fireworks in celebration of the birth of a new nation, independent of any controlling forces except our own elected Congressmen.

I’ve always thought that the Declaration of Independence was poetic in its language:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.— 

Of course there is much, much more.  It is a wonderful document, unique in its inception, and created by a consensus of some of the most brilliant minds in our history.

As I read over the entire document before posting this, I was impressed again at the moral courage and dedication it took for the signers to go public in their desire to throw off the control of the British government, and  the taxes and regulations that came with it. Some of the signers lost their health, their wealth; some spent time in prison; some suffered beatings and attacks on their families; some died for the “treasonous” act of putting their names to this document.

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When I finished reading, I prayed as I often do: “Heavenly Father, let us never forget how this nation was conceived, founded, and built to provide a place for freedom for all; freedom to worship as we choose, without imposing our faith on others against their will; freedom to speak our minds without fear; freedom to work and to thrive by our own efforts. Help us to be thankful for the freedom we still have in this country, even as it is being eroded by our own comfort and laziness, to educate ourselves and be cognizant of those who would destroy us for their own gain. Protect us from those who would change our beloved country into something governed by religious zealots, bigotry, and hatred that aims to control us in every detail of our lives. Give us a spiritual revival, Lord,  before we become too weak to stand in our own defense.”

As you enjoy this holiday weekend, take a few moments to remember our history, and to thank God for the privilege of living in America.

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9 thoughts on “July 4th

  1. Sister I agree with your prayer. Especially having sons in the military!

    But as I read your prayer I began to feel led to add a little here or there. I hope you do not mind.
    Father as we are thankful for this nation we have been blessed with to live in. The freedoms we do have. Father, we are thankful to be able to have the freedom to speak our minds without fear but Lord, help us to be mindful and to have a healthy “fear of the Lord” as we speak. Help us Father to walk as You would desire us to walk. Yes Lord, I pray for spiritual revival too! I pray people would see if they have been blind before. I pray that we might know and acknowledge that we are weak and You make us strong. In reality we cannot stand in our own defense but it is You who gives us wisdom and paves the way and it is You who defends us. May we not forget that. In the might name of Jesus Christ I pray! Amen

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  2. AS I look at Independence Day, I see it as a memory of our Founding Fathers and the difficult and clamorous work they forged first in the Declaration of Independence and later, the work Madison provided in the Constitution. I am reminded that Jefferson said, “We have forged a republic if that nation can keep it.” We must keep out Constitutional Republic. We must!

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    1. If only people would understand that this is not a true democracy, which always devolves into anarchy. It is a democracy IN A REPUBLIC, where the people express their opinions in voting for those who represent them in Washington. Not just the President, but the senators and representatives, and by extension the judges. We are making the mistake of voting by our emotions, and not by what is true; it is difficult to know what is true when the media is dishonest.

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      1. We think so much alike, and you have a much better way of putting things into words than I do. 😉 And I totally agree with your post, and believe it needs to be shared. Blessings to you and yours Lady!

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