Strong and Free

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance  to a land that’s free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. ”

God Bless America,
Land that I  love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.

Through military rebellion, civil uproar, treason, and heroism, nations come into being. Although the start of our nation encompassed all these, it began with the courage of five men: Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston, led by a southerner, Thomas Jefferson, in drafting a document called the Declaration of Independence. It was about standing up against King George III; it was about declaring independence from oppression; it was about freedom. The president of the Congress, John Hancock, was the first to sign the document. 56 men signed their names to declare the independence of this country. It was a risk; and yet, it was taken. And together, they did not fail.

“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, –“

It isn’t about picnics or boat rides or sunny beaches. It isn’t about parades or fireworks or games. Today is about the sacrifices made by those before us and those presently to give you and me freedom. It is about the blessings of God and His watchful eye over the United States.

Take time today to remember why we celebrate the 4th of July. Take time today to glorify the one God this nation is under. Take time to reflect on the troops stationed all over the world protecting us. Then consider your part in keeping the United States great.

Happy Independence Day! Happy Birthday to the United States of America! May God continue to bless her and keep her strong and free.

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