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                      Independence Day Thoughts

The following highlights July 4th but can truly be thought of every day.

Shortly after helping to write the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, who was maintaining their farm in Quincy, MA.  He told her about the day the document was finished:

“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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

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 Us 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 more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

Many of us memorized those opening words:
            “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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.”

And then the Declaration ends with these words:
            “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

We know from history that many of these signers lost their lives, others lost their fortunes, but not one, lost their honor.

May God help us to remember our founding and continue as they did to rely on Divine Providence to protect this land.  I encourage you to add “solemn acts of devotion” to your fireworks and barbeque this July 4th celebration.

                                          For God and Country!

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