July 4, 2010
Text: Luke 10: 1-20
First of all, happy Fourth of July! Happy Independence Day! Families and individuals from Maine to Hawaii, from Nome, Alaska to the Florida Keys will celebrate today the United States Declaration of Independence from England. When I let Lucy, our dog, out for her morning constitutional, I thought, “aaaah, ‘tis the season for the smell of sulfur dioxide.”
Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. After all, I was born in a town called Independence, MO. When I grew up in the 1970s and 80s, kids could buy fireworks at the corner stand and had the freedom to blow their fingers off all day long, if they wanted to.
I know there are some war veterans in our congregation. If you have served in the military, Thank You for your courage and sacrifice.
I’m sure many of you will be observing the holiday with the traditional backyard cookouts with family and friends, maybe catch a parade and then go somewhere to watch fireworks.
The United States of America is founded on the values of liberty and justice for all. Those are noble ideals and we should all give thanks to God for the freedoms and opportunities which we enjoy as Americans.