Happy 4th of July!

I love America!  I love our heritage, roots and history.  I love the way we celebrate our nation on this day with hot dogs, barbecues, baseball, fireworks, watermelon, grilling, swimming and the stars and stripes.  We live in a wonderful country!

I know this because I am extremely fortunate to get to travel around the world and I see nations that are very different than ours.  I go to nations where the absence of freedom is normal.  I visit nations where it can be dangerous to express a dissident opinion.  I visit regions where being a woman is a burden of survival in the most depolorable conditions.

We live in a very great nation and today we celebrate freedom, one of the core values on which our nation was founded.  May we also recognize that freedom is tethered to responsibility.  Without maintinaing responsibility, our freedoms will erode and become an elusive memory.  We are a great nation today because of the sacrifices made in the past.  This makes me pause to consider if we are making sacrifices today that will keep us great in the future.

Let’s be sure that we continue to pray for America 🙂

patriotism & Jesus

Can you say, “whew!”  The election saga, with the help of Jesus, will be resolved today.  While I’m not much of a “politico”, I am patriotic.  We live in a fantastic country with tremendous blessings.  On this day, let us celebrate our nation, the privilege to vote, the freedoms of speech and religion along with innumerable blessings. Let us also keep in mind God’s imperative to pray for the leaders of our nation.  Regardless of who wins or loses on this day, I am an American today, tomorrow, next month . . . .  I love our country & pray that your love for this nation exceeds any political celebrations or disappointments that may result from this day.  Moreso, I pray that our love for God translates with great clarity into love for people.