On July 4, Americans will celebrate independence, or stated more emphatically- FREEDOM! I have had the privilege of traveling to two different continents, and five different countries, seeing some of the most beautiful sights and meeting some of the most wonderful people, but as the saying goes, “there’s no place like home.” Don’t get me wrong; if the Lord chose to move me to a foreign land, I would go in a moment. However, while I live in, what I believe to be, one of the greatest nations on earth, I will continue to praise God for his continued blessings.
How will you celebrate the Fourth? Will you invite family and friends over for a cookout? Maybe you like to go on vacation during the wek of July 4. Many of you will journey to a location where many will gather for fireworks. Note that I said journey to, not shoot them off. I must remind you that Chesterfield County has an ordinance banning the sale, possession and discharge of fireworks. On this one day of the year, the leading fire cause is usually fireworks. This does not take into account the number of people injured by fireworks.
Though fireworks may be legal in neighboring jurisdictions, it is still vitally important that parents supervise all firework activity in those jurisdictions. Fireworks are an area where some adults never grew up. The safer display will be at a place where licensed firework experts discharge them. I am sure that you can find a firework show close to your home, and even if you have to travel a bit, that’s okay, too.
However you choose to legally celebrate America, remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice, throughout history, for the freedoms that we hold so dear. There are some in this world that despise the American ideology, therefore I believe we must pray, seeking God’s direction for our nation and the world. I will end with a fitting pledge:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and
justice for all.
May God bless each of you and may God bless America.