What comes to your mind when you think about Independence Day?
I think about …
- The brave who’ve fought, and died, for our freedom;
- The stars and stripes swaying proudly at front doors;
- Sizzling hot dogs, watermelon drenched grins, and homemade ice cream;
- Parades, glow sticks, bug spray, and fireworks;
- And a kaleidoscope of people from sea to shining sea.
We’ve so much to be grateful for. Don’t we? Abundant resources. Awe-striking landscapes. Amazing people.
We’re not perfect. Not by any means. But we sure are beautiful. Yes, we are!
What a great picture of our families.
We’re not perfect. Far too frequently we display our shameful ugliness: unyielding division, stinky attitudes, embarrassing ineptness, agonizing failures.
But ever so often we need to put all that aside and throw a party. Celebrate what we are together.
Rescued. Redeemed. Renamed.
Merciful. Hopeful. Strong.
There will be more battles to fight, mountains of litter to discard, sturdier bridges to build, and necessary paths to clear.
But today is a good time to stand. From table-end to table-end, stretch wide and grasp tight. It’s a day to raise our anthem: God bless and guide our home sweet home … our family, the beautiful.
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
Psalm 133:1 (ESV)