Oh Beautiful! (Celebrating America)
You know, She really is beautiful. She is the only republic in the history of the world that was founded upon an idea and what a great idea She was and continues to be. Yes! “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all of mankind is created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights – and that among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!” This founding statement not only initially proclaimed Her independence from tyranny and oppression but also sets Her apart as a brilliant beacon of light, a bright city on a hill, and an inspiration for all the world to see.
Is She perfect? No, of course not. But that still does not take away Her brilliance. In spite of Her flaws She stands as an enforcer of justice, a defender of the innocent, an advocate for peace, and a strong voice for freedom within Her own borders and throughout the globe. She is great only because She is good and that alone is something worth celebrating.
Many of you have fought to defend Her and to ensure that She is still a reality and a land of opportunity for your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and future generations to come. Others go on with the same resolve and give of themselves every day to safeguard Her life and Her way of life. For that, we salute you and give thanks for your service and sacrifice. There are also many who have given the ultimate sacrifice and we will not forget! We recognize this offering as one worthy of remembrance now and always.
So, this July 4th, we celebrate Her with hearts full of gratitude to God. As we look out over Her summer fields of fruit and grain; take in the majesty of Her mountain’s or feel the surf of Her oceans white with foam; and lift our heads to Her spacious skies of golden sun; let’s celebrate America the Beautiful and long may freedom ring!