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July 2, 2007, Herald Journal

Instilling our values and morals on the 4th of July


Every year, friends and family gather around and take the time to celebrate the true purpose and tradition of Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July.

The children run and play as we partake in barbecues, picnics, reminiscing, and later on the fireworks displays bring people flocking to parks and lakefronts in many communities.

Friends and family watch the unfolding fireworks show from a blanket, lawn chair, or bleacher sending many oohs and aahs of appreciation as a burst of rockets follows a towering Roman candle. Multiple explosions of many colored starbursts, pinwheels, and trailing comet tails.

Everything breaks loose with a spectacular grand finale, with a sky full of reds, greens, blues, and golds on behalf of this special occasion.

It’s also a day to be instilling the values and morals of our Christian heritage in the minds and hearts of others, while we pay homage to our country.

It should be emphasized that this great nation was built on godly principles and the freedom to worship God as our forefathers did.

This country was founded by great people. They stood for what they knew was right. They didn’t ignore, or take for granted God’s handiwork, or turn their heads to look the other way.

The dreams of our forefathers were built with blood and tears. Their boldness meant to keep this country standing strong throughout the many years.

The flag we own is proudly flown to show respect and how much we care.

The stars and stripes spell freedom. God, above, has brought this day to light, with just a stroke of liberty and a touch of his great hand. He gave democracy to us and helped this country stand.

Placing your hand on your heart as you turn to face the flag for battles that were fought, be filled with pride for those who died and freedoms that were bought.

Pause for a moment as you watch the fireworks bright dazzling display. Remember God is watching and guiding us every step of the way. “For our struggle is not against the flesh and blood, but against . . . the powers of this dark world.” Ephesians 6:12-17.

As the war in Iraq drags into its fifth year, we are all worn out from the complex battle that continues day-to-day.

The tired troops want to come home, but with courage and dedication to the word freedom, they remain on the front lines.

Those of us watching from a distance do what we can to support them, driving around with our “Support the Troops” stickers on our cars, posters, logos, benefits, and praying fervently for their safety and success. That’s why we take the time to paint the sky with fireworks on the Fourth of July.

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