Independence Day

5 Jul

I’m not sure what you did to celebrate July 4th yesterday, but I had a very enjoyable time hanging out with my family and with a couple of very good friends.

We allowed our 4 year old daughter, Hannah to stay up late to watch fireworks and we had a wonderful view from the comfort of our own driveway.  Hannah kept saying to me (with arms clenched around my neck) “daddy, I’m not scared, are you?”  Keep in mind, this was during the”grand finale” when it sounded like everyone in the neighborhood got out their half-sticks of dynamite to really end the night right.

As we watched the fireworks, Hannah also started asking me why we celebrate the 4th in that way.  I explained to her that in 1776 our country declared independence from England, and that is why we celebrate because we declared our freedom from England’s tyranny (ok…I didn’t really say ‘tyranny’ to Hannah…).

I thought about an even greater freedom that was bought for us.  This freedom that was bought for us cost the life of the only perfect person that has lived.  Jesus died for us so that we would be free from the tyranny of sin.  We no longer have to be bound to a life that ends with death.

Declare your dependence on the One who bought your independence.

Peace,

Neil

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2 Responses to “Independence Day”

  1. catchthevision July 6, 2008 at 5:46 am #

    Thanks for this thought provoking post. I’ve been wondering whether the USA’s strong drive for independence, is in any way due to the nation’s history – with its pioneers risking all to sail the high seas for an unknown destination.

    I’d really like to know what you think.

    Url: http://catchthevision.wordpress.com

  2. Tom Schori July 27, 2008 at 12:37 pm #

    I look forward to hearing about your experiences from yesterday’s trip to Bluff Park. The Lord truly is with you and will provide you and Brandi with the necessary stamina to undertake those things that God has planned for you and that he will provide you with the wisdom to know which things he has planned and which he has not.

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