The 4th of July is not just a yearly extravaganza for fireworks and picnics—although it is that. Every 4th of July offers new situations and challenges, new reasons for gratitude and celebration, and new opportunities for our nation’s self-examination and correction.
Here is a blessing prayer for us and our country. Sources for the quotes are below the drawing.
A Happy and Safe 4th of July to you and yours.
1. Emma Lazarus, The New Colossus.
2. America, Our Heritage, Helen Steele–a song I learned in elementary school and still remember.
3. Psalm 91: 5-6 KJV.
4. There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy, Frederick William Faber.
5. Emma Lazarus.
6. Nelson Mandela.
7. Galatians 5: 13 NRSV/NIV.