I want to share with you some of the thoughts from Dr Jim Denison's July 5th email.
"More than 60,000 fireworks lit up the New York City sky for twenty-five minutes last night in the nation's largest Fourth of July celebration. Seattle ranked second, with a show lasting twenty-one minutes; next came Boston, with a twenty-minute extravaganza.Americans spent more than $7 billion on Independence Day celebrations, up from $6.8 billion last year. Of that, $947 million was spent on food ($37 million just on ketchup). And we bought more than $5 million worth of US flags imported into the country (ironically, most came from China).
Independence Day is not a uniquely American occurrence. According to A Global World, 161 countries around the world celebrate Independence Day, National Day, or a similar national holiday.
Despite the news, or rather because of it, we seek solidarity and community with each other. The reason is simple: we were made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26–27), and our Creator is one God in three Persons who relate intimately and eternally with each other.Our Father's commands to love one another are clear: Matthew 22:37, 39; Galatians 5:13; Romans 10:9–10.2; Corinthians 13:11; Ephesians 4:32.
Such love is vital to the blessing of God upon a community and a country. When we love as Christ loves, we show the way to the forgiveness and freedom found only in him.
Archibald MacLeish, who received the Pulitzer Prize three times, was profoundly correct:
"There are those, I know, who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American dream."
Even more, it is our Father's dream. How will you help to fulfill it today?
"For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope."
Until next week...