I love holidays. . .Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving. . .all of them. However, my most favorite is the Fourth of July!
It wasn't always my favorite. In fact, until recently, I took "it" and all "it" stands for, for granted.
I grew up never worrying about the freedoms guaranteed to me and every other citizen of this great land. Freedoms carefully constructed by our forefathers so many years ago.
Lately, however, I have begun to see the foundations of those freedoms beginning to crumble. I have begun to wonder just how long, we as a nation, will continue to be truly free? Free to worship as we choose; free to choose how and by whom we are governed; free to own firearms; free to speak out against wrong; free to pledge allegiance to our nation's flag; free to fly it over our homes and businesses; free to speak the truth from God's Holy Word.
Because I see the potential for losing these freedoms, they are becoming more precious to me, more worthy of celebration.
This Fourth of July, I will proudly fly "Old Glory". I will decorate with red, white, and blue. I will listen joyfully to patriotic music. I will rejoice in my freedom and I will. . .remember. . .I will remember those who gave their lives to ensure it. . .and I will pray. I will pray that our nation will turn from it's wickedness, so that God can continue to bless us as He has in the past. I will pray that my grandchildren and their grandchildren will grow up in a nation where they are safe and secure, where they are free to worship as they please. . . where they can continue to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in it's entirety. . ."one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
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