It’s the day to celebrate freedom. The fourth of July, seventeen seventy-six, a group of people representing the overtaxed colonists here in America, decided enough was enough. Not everyone agreed. Many stayed loyal to Great Britain and the king. But a grand experiment began. We, as a people declared,
“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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Our freedom was won through hard-fought battles; men, women, and children gave their lives in exchange for the chance to govern themselves. To them we owe much. This experiment to create a self-governing body has had many ups and downs. We the people have not always seen eye-to-eye; we the people have fought amongst ourselves; we the people have questioned many of the laws and amendments created over time; but we the people, when push comes to shove, have managed to remember that we Americans are all in this together.
God, our Creator, has not only been with us from the inception of our declared independence, but has also been sought for guidance, support, and blessings for two hundred forty-two years. We the people are still a very young nation. May we be blessed, Dear Lord, with Your continued providence, guided and guarded by Your Almighty Power, and inspired by Your Holy Word.
We are Your children, all the children of the world. May we learn to live together more peacefully and lovingly. This is a mammoth request, Lord, but with You, ALL things are possible. Amen