While sitting at an Independence Day celebration awaiting the evening fireworks display, a friend remarked, “I wonder how many of the hundreds of people here stop to think about the true reason we celebrate tonight. It is not about the fireworks or the cookouts. It is because a group of men drafted and signed a document that would ultimately lead to our nation’s freedom. Countless others believed in fighting for that independence—even though it cost many of them their lives.”
I thought about his comments on the way home that night. I said a prayer of thanksgiving for our founding fathers, for the vision they had for our country, and for the independence we enjoy. I gave thanks for the men and women who have fought to maintain that liberty.
My thoughts then turned to the One who gave His life that we might have true freedom. I thanked God for the sacrifice made by His son in order that we might be free from the law of sin and death. Galatians 5:1 tells us we no longer have to submit to a yoke of slavery – Christ has set us free. We may not always have the freedoms we now enjoy in this country, but in Christ, we are eternally free.
“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”
– John 8:36 (ESV)
“Father, thank You for the vision You gave our Founding Fathers. Thank You for the liberty we have in this nation. Most of all, thank You for Your Son and for the sacrifice He made for our eternal freedom….”
Joan Hall Writes
Faith Imagined says
Joan, I love this devotional! Thank you for helping me to remember what sacrfices were given for me!