Blogger: Mary Keeley
I’ll admit it, I’m an enthusiastic patriot, eternally grateful to our country’s founding fathers, who sought and followed God’s guidance as they established America’s foundation. I’m forever grateful to those heroes who fought and sacrificed their lives for future generations of freedom.
As you peck away on your keyboard daily, how often are you reminded of the freedom you have to write truth into your work? To write the kinds of books you want to write? I confess I take it for granted way too often. But for some reason this year I’m profoundly affected by the fragility of freedom, the need to hold it dear and to pray for God to continue to raise strong leaders in the church and the country. Leaders who seek and follow him.
Today, we’ll do what many citizens do to prepare for a day of fun with family and friends tomorrow:clean the grill, grocery shop for the hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, chips of our choice, make our favorite red, white, and blue gelatin and potato salads. But let us also take time to remind our children and grandchildren that we might not have been blessed to live in a country in which we can make our own choices and worship freely as we still can here. They are growing up in a different America today.
I hope you have a fun and deeply thankful 4th of July celebration tomorrow. Let’s prepare our hearts today to also make it a day of prayer for our nation. Because freedom isn’t something to be taken for granted. We still need to seek God’s blessing on the land of the free and the home of the brave. Maybe a son, daughter, niece, nephew or cousin will grow up to be a writer. God forbid they won’t be free to share truth and write freely.
Best-selling author and speaker Robin Jones Gunn wrote poignant thoughts about our country in her recent newsletter, “Robin’s Nest.” View it here. I found myself humming “God Bless America” as I read it. Perhaps now more than ever we need to pray for God to preserve America’s foundation because:
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Psalm 33:12
Does the 4th of July have special memories for you?
Do you have an ancestor who fought or sacrificed his life for America’s freedom?
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