This weekend, those of us in America (or, are Americans), have a unique opportunity to enjoy a holiday called, Fourth of July. This event has been around for quite a while so, it is a common day in which we can plan for and enjoy our families and friends. Most of the time, I end up at my parents home (along with any of my siblings and their families) where we often grill out, feast, hang out and then, shoot a few fireworks. Usually, our day spent together goes well and we end up laughing a lot, picking on each other in nice ways, and then, the finale is of course, the fireworks display. There is something about those sparkling lights and loud booms that give us all a sense of joy and of hope.
To pause in our busy lives and reflect on our nation’s history is an incredible gift. To look back into our past we can see ways to project and plan for a brighter future. We can work to leave a legacy so generations that come behind us will find us faithful in honoring traditions, celebrations, and even in respecting and appreciating history. This in itself is a grand gift.
So, it is with our spiritual faith too. We have times when we can pause and give praise to God for His gifts of freedom to us as well. If you are a follower and believer of Jesus Christ then, you are well aware of the price it cost Him to give us such freedom. What a gift of joy and hope we have as we celebrate our spiritual lives in God!
I pray this July Fourth weekend is a safe and joyful one. I pray you find a few moments to pause and thank God for His many gifts He has given us. As believers and followers of Christ, we have many reasons to celebrate this weekend, as well as to celebrate every day that we live. I pray the fireworks, music, food and people in your lives only give a spark to your spirit so God can continue to live and work in your life. Happy Fourth and Enjoy the Celebration of Freedom!