With all the excitement of fireworks and picnics and fun at the lake, I’ll bet many Americans are completely unmindful of what we are celebrating on the 4th of July.
It’s really more than just a day off work, too much sun, and too much food and drink. We are celebrating our national independence from Great Britain and all that it means to be a free nation.
Our revolution was not as popular as some might think. In fact, it was just about a fifty-fifty deal. Americans were pretty evenly split on whether to separate from England and take on the challenges of creating a new nation. Many were concerned about armed conflict with the greatest military power on earth. And what if they failed? It’s likely King George would have shown little leniency to the American rebels.
I believe those revolutionaries were endowed with more than a normal human share of courage and independent spirit. Their success guaranteed that this will always be – we pray – the “land of the free and the home of the brave”.
Our thought for today is from F. Scott Fitzgerald:
“America is a willingness of the heart.”