A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
July 11, 2020
Thoughts on Freedom
June 30, 2016
Red, white and blue, Old Glory, parades, picnics and fireworks will be part of the scene this weekend as our country celebrates Independence Day and the birth of our nation. Throughout our history and even today, we as citizens of the United States America have been tempered with both success as a nation and distress as a nation. Through the wisdom and perseverance of our founding fathers (and mothers) our country has grown to become a world leader and we profess loudly that we are proud to be Americans.
Our nation gained both freedom and independence on July 4th, 1776 and with that came a great responsibility to care for our land, our natural resources and the citizens of our shared country. The insight and leadership of our ancestors included a dependence on God as they wrote; “one nation under God.” We have so much to be thankful for and that thanks begins in our recognizing that our gratitude belongs first and foremost to our loving and creative God; for the beauty of the land that we enjoy, for the awe and wonder we experience in the abundant life that surrounds us, and for the gift of the freedom we live with each and every day. Freedom is indeed a gift! We are especially blessed to live in a country where we can choose freely where to live, work, educate ourselves and worship. We are free to choose careers, open our own businesses, practice the religion of our choice and move freely about this world. Just as the founders of our country came to understand, we too, have a great responsibility to honor the gift of our freedom. Let’s think about that as we choose where and how to celebrate this weekend. And let us remember in prayer all those whose insight, wisdom and sacrifice brought us to this day. With grateful hearts let us pray that we continue to grow in love and respect for all of God’s people who make up this great nation and our world. Happy Fourth of July!!