I hope you had a wonderful fourth of July yesterday. America’s celebration of Independence is an awesome time to celebrate with friends and family of this great nation.
But like many other celebrations, we can often pay attention only when attention is in front of us. Today, many go back to work with only the memories of yesterday’s patriotic parades, tributes, and national anthems.
I would encourage you today, don’t allow the fog of the fireworks smoke creep in and take away all the thankfulness of living in a country like America.
She has her bumps and bruises
She has her own history
She hasn’t gotten it right every time
But she sure is a beauty.
Remember her ideals written via Sonnet right on the Statue of Liberty
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!“
I know the political season makes for tired and weary arguments.
The news can seem like a dull drum beat continuing to pound away at the day.
But the ideals set forth at the beginning still inspire people all over the world. To live in a nation “by the people and for the people,” with these truths to be self evident “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
That’s the goodness we celebrated yesterday, and can continue to celebrate all year long.