We in this country, in this generation, are–by destiny rather than choice–the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of "peace on earth, good will toward men". That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago: "Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain". ~John F. Kennedy~
While celebrating our independence today, make time to pray for the men and women defending our freedom and for the families of those lost in that struggle. Let’s pray for our own families and friends and for our nation and its’ leaders, but most of all for peace in this world. Let us once again with heartfelt sincerity, as a nation, proclaim and be that which our forefathers set forth so long ago…"one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all".
Thought for the day
On this most special day of National celebration let us also ponder the personal freedoms we enjoy today. Certainly at the top of that freedom list, before our families, our jobs, our careers, our freedom from our addictions and even our life has to be the freedom to worship a God without whom none of the other would be very valuable or attainable. Freedom never has been and never will be Free! Are we paying the price?
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
~Galatians 5:1 (NKJV)~
For you, brethren, were [indeed] called to freedom; only [do not let your]freedom be an incentive to your flesh and an opportunity or excuse [for selfishness], but through love you should serve one another. For the whole law [concerning human relationships] is complied with in one precept, You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.
~Galatians 5:13,14 (Amp)~
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom). And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another…
~2 Corinthians 3:17,18 (Amp)~