Written by: Vivian Wilson
This Friday is our nation’s 238th birthday. I have been thinking about the great blessing it is to live in a country where we are free to worship The One True God without fear of death or imprisonment, free to speak without fear, and we are free to pursue our dreams.
Lest we forget, we owe our freedom to God.
We also owe a debt to our nations founding fathers, those brave men who trusted and obeyed God to fight the “impossible war” with the British.
I would like to share a letter that one of these men, John Adams, wrote to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776.
I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forever. You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means; that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even though we (may regret) it, which I trust in God we shall not.
After each of the delegates signed the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Adams declared:
We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising of the sun to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.
It has indeed cost “toil and blood and treasure to maintain the Declaration.” I am grateful to the men and women who honorably serve our country to protect the freedoms that we enjoy.
But most of all, I thank God for this nation that we call home. May He protect her, and restore her so that she can be the light shining on a hill, an example to all nations of what freedom is and from Whom it comes.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
THANKS BE TO GOD!
Proud to be an American,