I think it's too easy to get caught up in the barbecues, picnics, family get-togethers, and fireworks and inadvertently forget the true meaning of the 4th of July. It's not just a date, after all. It's Independence Day...the day we celebrate all that makes our country great.
This 4th of July I'm thankful for freedom.
religious oppression or coercion
fear of arbitrary decisions made by those in power
being held without cause
an unlawful search of my home
worship who, how & when I choose
make my voice heard
choose the work I'll do
pursue my goals and desires
live where I want to
marry and have children
buy and keep my own weapons
I am able to get up in the morning, choose what to eat, what to wear, and how I will spend my time. I go throughout my day able to listen to the opinions of others on any topic I care to discuss, and can share my thoughts and ideas freely on facebook, blogger, email, or in person. I go to bed at night with no thoughts of whether or not the government will send someone to my house to arrest me or to confiscate what I own. I go to church each Sunday to a congregation of my choosing, and believe what my heart and soul feel are right, not what a government official declares to be true.
In short, I am FREE. Every minute of every day of my life. Free to choose, free to live, free to be. If you've been blessed to enjoy this same freedom- be thankful for it and rejoice in it, and remember those who have given so much to make it possible for us.
Click on these links to read: the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution.