Flags and fireworks, picnics and watermelon; the elements of Independence Day on the 4th of July. We're so fortunate to celebrate our freedoms on this day established by our forefathers. It is so easy to forget the celebration and take these freedoms for granted but this year can be different. Though it's a summer holiday that is made for delightful times with family, the flag waves overhead for a serious reasons.
I'm not from a family of soldiers but I have the greatest respect for our service men and women who give up their lives and their time with family to keep us safe and free. Thank you to all of you who served your country so unselfishly.
Our country once was the greatest in the world and in many ways it still is, but we've lost touch with what gave us the greatness, our faith in God. Our founding fathers were filled with faith when they established the Declaration of Independence and this country. Together these patriots from varied heritage gathered and formed a land with rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The Declaration of Independence spoke openly about God, as the Creator, the Supreme Judge of the world and the Divine Providence whose protection was relied on. And that has not changed. God is still our Creator, the Supreme Judge and our Divine Providence.
Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord (Psalm 117 NIV).